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Arthur “Art” Henry Wilson Jr.

August 21, 1937 — May 25, 2020

Arthur (Art) Henry Wilson Jr. (82), Big Cormorant Lake, entered his heavenly home on May 25th, 2020 after a battle with stomach cancer.

Art was born on August 21st, 1937 in Fargo, ND to Arthur Sr. and Bergliot. He grew up in the Fargo Moorhead area and developed his work ethic early by delivering papers for the Star Journal Tribune with his dog Skipper and washing windows. Art attended Interstate Business College and while doing so, worked for Dwyer Beverage.

He married Adele K. Ziegler April 19th, 1958 in Moorhead, MN. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage and were blessed with 3 children. His career as an accountant began with Oliver Gauslow auditing grain elevators. Art went on to start his own auditing practice in 1965 where he continued until his retirement in 1996, after which he repeatedly stated, “Keep working as retirement sucks”.

Art and Adele enjoyed travelling, especially their annual, month-long family motor home trips. Starting in 1997, Art and Adele spent the winters in Mesa, Arizona at VDO where they enjoyed the social life. In 2003 they moved to Big Cormorant Lake where one of Art’s passions was meticulously caring for his lawn on his John Deere Tractor. His highlights of every year included hunting, holidays, golfing, boating, and playing cards. No morning was complete without coffee and cribbage.

His was a life well lived filled with accomplishments, adventures, family, friendships, and love.

Art is survived by his loving wife, Adele; son, Daniel (Paula) Wilson, of Marco Island, FL;  daughters, Jodi (Dale) Haug, of Mound, MN and Tracie (Jayne Reinhart) Wilson, of Maple Grove, MN; grandchildren, Rachel Osborne, Brant (Jayne) Wilson, Ryan Haug and Erin Haug; great-grandchildren, Paxton, Owen and Eli Osborne and Charlie Wilson; brother, Allen Wilson, of Yelm, WA and sister, DeVon Jokstad, of Fargo, ND.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Calvin Jokstad.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday May 29, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at The Hitching Post, 11471 County Highway 4, Lake Park, MN 56554. For those who are unable to attend the celebration, a video recording will be posted to the funeral home website after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sanford hospice house in honor of the doctors, nurses, and staff of Sanford Medical Center.

The family thanks you for your words of sympathy, your voice of concern, your gesture of caring and the love you offer.


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