Kelly Neal Wilson

Born: Fri., Jul. 13, 1951
Died: Tue., Apr. 15, 2014

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Kelly Neal Wilson

July 13, 1951 – April 15, 2014


Kelly Neal Wilson – 62, passed away on April 15, 2014.

Kelly was born to Dale Wilson and Betty (Horn) Wilson in Pendleton, Oregon, on July 13, 1951. 

He graduated from Pendleton High School.  Kelly worked for many years for his father at Wilson’s Chevron on Westgate in Pendleton.  He later worked for nearly twenty years as a correctional officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute. 

Kelly loved the outdoors, including camping, hunting, fishing and long trips to see wildlife.  Kelly especially enjoyed spending time with his family, including his beloved wife, C.J.  Kelly’s children and grandchildren fondly remember their trips to the mountains with him.  Kelly and his wife enjoyed their frequent trips to the mountains with their dogs.  Kelly practiced karate in his younger years and enjoyed his yard (including his koi pond) and keeping his pickup in tip-top shape.  Kelly was known for his great sense of humor, playfulness, funny nicknames for his family and his kindness toward others. 

Kelly is preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Betty, and his brother, Mike Wilson. 

He is survived by his wife, C.J.; son Jason Wilson of Seattle, Washington; daughter Mindy (Wilson) Mudgett of Pendleton; daughter Tiffani (Wilson) Reyes of Pendleton; daughter Colleen Powers of Oklahoma; daughter Karin Hoffman of Caldwell, Idaho; daughter Kristin Kallio of Portland, Oregon; Mindy’s children, Tyler, Cierra and Cody; Tiffani’s children, Trent and Trevor; Colleen’s children, Courtney, Christopher and Calista; Karin’s children, Kirstyn, Caleb, Hannah and Brooke; and his great granddaughters, Amiyah and Kaia.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.

Condolences may be written in Kelly’s online guestbook at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.

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   Posted Wed April 16, 2014
Hi CJ, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. My prayers are with you and your family - I know this next year is going to be full of different emotions, full of ups and downs and adjustments. It will not be an easy time for your family. Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you. My heart goes out to all of you.

Hugs and prayers

Jason Wilson
   Posted Wed April 16, 2014
Thank you, dad, for being a wonderful father. We will be lost without you. But we will always treasure our time together, your great sense of humor and your kind spirit. The memories Mindy, Tiffani and I have growing up with you as our father are the best ever. Thank you for the camping trips, the vacations, your words of wisdom, your guidance and your support.

You were much too young to be taken from us, but all of us are very lucky to have had you in our life. Thank you also for bringing C.J. in to our lives as well as yours. We love her dearly, just as you. She is a wonderful mom to us and she will always remain so. We are so happy you two found each other.

You are at peace and with Grandma Betty, Grandpa Dale and Mike now. We miss you all. We love you so very much, dad, always and forever.

Your son who is so proud to call you my dad,

Jason aka Moose

Mindy (Wilson) Mudgett
   Posted Wed April 16, 2014
Dad, You are my Rock. You have always had such great strength. I have always looked up to you. I honestly have no idea how to move forward without you. I am so Lost. I miss you every second of every day. I love you beyond any words. Thank you for everything. You are the BEST dad EVER! Love you, Mindy

Ed Pratt
   Posted Wed April 16, 2014
CJ and family I am sad to hear of Kelly's passing. I will miss the pictures he would send of your trips to see the elk, and the notes that would bring me up to date on all that was going on back there in Oregon.
All my love and prayers
Ed Pratt

Benny & Gayle Dean
   Posted Wed April 16, 2014
What a super friend and co-worker. Kelly loved a good practical joke. I remember one time when he relieved me for a break and when I got back I later discovered that he had stuffed my jacket sleeve with paper towels and stapled the sleeve shut. He was always good for a laugh. He will be missed. We are blessed to have known Kelly.

scott allen
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
Kelly my friend I will always remember our many laughs and teasing each other for nearly 20 years as we worked side by side at EOCI. I am thankful for our time and friendship more than you know. Even tho we rarely crossed paths after you retired you crossed my mind many times and the laughs we shared. God bless you my friend and I pray that you are in a peaceful place and am praying for your loved ones that have lost their Husband, Dad and Grandfather. Your friend. Scott Allen ps: I will always remember the nickname you gave me and smile when I think of it. "scruffy'' LOL

debbie Stephens
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
CJ and family so saddened for your loss -Kelly was a wonderful cousin, our paths didn't cross often enough through the years, but know he was my hero as a child , always made sure I was included with the boys and their rough stuff. thoughts and prayers at this difficult time - much, much love

Joann Kinder
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
CJ I am thinking of you so much, I hope God grants you and the family comfort and peace during this time. I sure will miss his remarks but he will be making them to us from where he is. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

Sheryll Morris
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
I am so sad to hear this. My prayers go out to the family. I so enjoyed working with Kelly at EOCI. He was a true friend and will be greatly missed.

Vicki Taylor
   Posted Fri April 18, 2014
CJ and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs to all of you. <3

David Dinubilo
   Posted Fri April 18, 2014
I remember meeting Kelly when I was coaching his grandson in little league, than I got to work with him for almost 20 years at the prison. I enjoyed his company and his sense of humor, I will miss my friend and god be with you

Sharon Coiner
   Posted Sat April 19, 2014
I am blessed to call Kelly my friend. Kelly was always a man of impeccable ethics. He was kind and genuine. You will be missed my friend. My prayers go out to the family and especially to CJ. Kelly often spoke of you with pride and love.

Brian Wineland
   Posted Mon April 21, 2014
CJ, it saddens me to hear about the loss of husband Kelly, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Sharon lindsay
   Posted Tue April 22, 2014
Kelly was a good friend. He will be missed. Prayers to the family.

Richard McGraw
   Posted Wed April 23, 2014
I worked with Kelly at EOCI for quite a few years and I remember you could always count on him to do what he said he was going to do. A couple of years ago, after his retirement, I stopped by his house to check in on him. The one thing I remember him talking about the most was his grandchildren. He sure was proud of them! My prayers are with you Kelly and the rest of your family.
Richard McGraw

Mindy WILSON Mudgett
   Posted Thu May 15, 2014
Dad, Today is the 1 month anniversary of when you passed away. I am at a complete loss without your presence. You were a GREAT man and I miss you so very much. I love you dad.You live on in our hearts. Mindy

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