Kenneth W. Wilson Sr.

1930 – 2015

Kenneth W. Wilson, Sr. was called home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 14, 2015. That day the Old Flatlander rode off into the sunset and the world lost one of the last great cowboys.

Born in Purdy, Mo., in 1930, Ken survived the Great Depression, the Korean War, and countless missions as a veteran and law enforcement officer. Ken was the “Last Man Out” of the Leeds General Motors plant. He was best at being husband, dad, grandpa and Santa.

He is survived by daughter, Denise Wilson of Hastings, Fla., daughter, Stephanie Lasister and husband, Robert of Kansas City, and son, Kenny Wilson and wife, Sybille of Bates City, Mo.; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015, followed by funeral services at 6:30 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Graveside rites with full military honors will be 10 a.m. Monday morning, May 18, 2015 at the Old New Garden Cemetery near Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Kenneth was my uncle. He was the youngest of 10 children. My Mother, Winifred Wilson Pentecost, was the only girl. I think my mom was around 15 when Kenneth was born.
As we were both retired we had the time to keep in touch with each other. We enjoyed talking about his life and plans for his future, as well as the “good old times”. He particularly enjoyed talking about the music group he worked with & I think that may have been where he got his nickname “The Flatlander”. We could be on the phone for a long time until Uncle got another call & ended the call, with the words “see you down the road!” We enjoyed each other a lot.
I will certainly miss him and our calls. Please accept our condolences for your loss. Another great cowboy has riden into the sunset. Unfortunately, we are unable to be there to say our goodbyes at the services.
Glen & Rena Pentecost