HAVRE DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 26, 2002




Ernest R. "Tiny" Wilson, 67, of Havre, retired Vita Rich Dairy employee, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at his residence of a heart attack.

Funeral service is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Holland and Bonine Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Marcel Vogel officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Highland Cemetery. Luncheon is to follow the committal rite at the Eagles Club.

Tiny was born June 4, 1935, to Roy and Dorothy Emeline (Johnson) Wilson at Riedel. He attended school in Havre. On Jan. 20, 1953, Tiny entered the Air Force. He was honorably discharged Dec. 23, 1953, due to a disability existing prior to the Korean War. He attended a welding school in Chicago, Ill., before attending Northern Montana College in Havre for computers. He also attended computer classes in Minneapolis, Minn. Tiny retired from computer work with Vita Rich Dairy when it closed October 1992 after well over 30 years of service.

On Feb. 13, 1959, Tiny married Jeanne Lawrence of Big Sandy in Great Falls. The couple later divorced. On Aug. 8, 1972, Tiny married Sharon Lee Dion in Canada.

Tiny enjoyed rodeo, and was instrumental in the startup of the Big Sandy Saddle Club. Tiny enjoyed hunting, fishing, leather working, spending time at his cabin, and he was an avid reader. Tiny was a devoted husband, and beloved father. His family and many friends will miss him.

Preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Lee Wilson, on July 1; mother, Dorthy Wilson; father, Roy Wilson; brothers, Marvin "Red," Kenneth "Kenny," and Alvin "Bud" Wilson.

Survivors include his daughters, Jody (Kelly) Haaland of Center, N.D., and June "Tammy" Dion of Havre; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Betty Ost of Spokane, Wash., Lily Howard of Sweet Home, Ore., Rose Brown of Vancouver, Wash., and Eva Callahan of Santa Ana, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials in Tiny's honor may be made to a person's choice.

Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.