Lt Col Richard Leon Wilson (USAF RET)
September 10, 1947 ~ July 12, 2014
LT COL RICHARD LEON WILSON (USAF RET) Richard Leon Wilson, a resident of New Braunfels, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the age of 66. Richard was born on September 10, 1947 in Ravenna, Ohio to James Wilson and Lucille Arnold. Richard graduated from Ohio University in 1969 with a BS of Music. On June 14, 1969 he married his high school sweetheart Janice Hambrick. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on August 3, 1970 as a percussion player. After two years of service he was selected for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He proceeded to pilot training and became a C-130 pilot. After a battle with ALS, Richard lost his first wife Janice on November 27, 1990. Together they had four children: Richard, Nathan, Andrea and Thad. On July 12, 1991 he married the second love of his life Marsha Waters. Marsha brought six children into the family: Jennifer, Phillip, Doug, Craig, Michael and Emily. This union created an amazingly dynamic family. Richard retired from active duty on August 31, 1994 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then returned to his love of music and served as the Band Director of Randolph High School from 1995 2009. Richard is preceded in death by first wife Janice Wilson and daughter Jennifer Lisonbee. He is survived by his wife Marsha Wilson and nine children Richard Wilson (Rita), Phillip Lisonbee (Angela), Nathan Wilson (Jennifer), Doug Lisonbee (Jane-Marie), Craig Lisonbee, Andrea Wilson, Michael Lisonbee (Ashley), Thad Wilson (Ana), and Emily Bullock (James); and nineteen grandchildren Clarissa, Tyler, Isabel, Alexis, Addison, Taylor, Desma, Jenni, Ellie, Helaman, Hattie, Ella, Mia, Aiden, Andrew, Jake, Isaiah, Gavin and Daniel; brothers Jim Wilson (Linda), Ted Wilson (Jennifer), and sister Mary Williams. Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1390 Hanz Dr. in New Braunfels. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will follow with full military honors at 1:45 pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the ALS Association, 8600 Wurzbach Road Suite 700, San Antonio, TX 78240 or www.alsa-texas.org.