Claude "Wes" Wilson

Born: Sun., Feb. 6, 1949
Died: Fri., Sep. 22, 2017

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Sep. 30, 2017
Location: Woodland Life Center

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Claude Wesley (Wes) Wilson passed to his heavenly eternal home on September 22, 2017 in Colorado Springs following a debilitating  illness.  Wes was born on February 6, 1949 in Perry Oklahoma to Keith and Lorraine Wilson.  When Wes was young, the family moved to Cherokee, Oklahoma where Wes was raised with his older brother, Dean, and younger sister, Denise.  Wes loved growing up in this small Oklahoma town and traveled back frequently in recent years to visit dear friends from childhood and high school years.  
Following high school, Wes attended Northwestern State University for one year.  Wes then moved to Colorado Springs to where his family relocated in l967. He attended UCCS in Colorado Springs and worked for his parents at their grocery store, the Navajo Market, in downtown Colorado Springs. Wes's career grew when he discovered he did well in the sales industry.  Wes was successful as a salesman wherever he worked.  During his career, he was a sales manager for Keebler in the Colorado area, followed by a long career at Old West Business Forms.  He retired medically after working for many years at Bridgford Foods. 
Wes married his loving wife of 35 years, Julie Lynne Burger, in 1982. Wes and Julie have one son, Nathaniel (Nate) Bryce Wilson, and have lived in Woodland Park, CO their entire marriage.  Wes and Julie have been involved in the community for 35 years in many ways.  Wes loved attending and serving in church at Impact Christian Church and Woodland Life Center, A Nazarene Church in Woodland Park.  His faith in Jesus Christ was paramount and guiding in his life and he strived to portray his faith in everything he did. 
Wes enjoyed a vast variety of hobbies and interests in his adult life including stock car racing and breaking and training horses.  Wes was a self-taught musician, learning the guitar and banjo.  Wes and several friends formed the Nestor Haven Band and played for over 5 years in the Pikes Peak region in many venues.  Wes wrote 2 songs that were included on their album, One Lane Bridge.  Wes continued to love music and played his guitar consistently.  Wes also loved sports and coached youth sports throughout his adult life.  He served as a coach for most of Nate's basketball, baseball and football teams including competitive baseball for many years.  Wes was gifted in being able to inspire and motivate kids in competition, yet allowing them to have a lot of fun developing positive relationships and learning sportsmanship and teamwork.  
Wes was a kind and loving man and it showed in his relationships with his family and friends.  Wes is survived by his wife, Julie Wilson, and his son, Nathaniel Wilson both of Woodland Park, and his grandson, Solomon Wilson.   Wes is also survived by his brother, Dean (Jeanne) Wilson of Canon City, and sister, Denise Robison of Colorado Springs.  Wes is survived by several cousins, many nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. Wes also enjoyed a loving relationship with his mother-in-law, Leota Burger of La Junta, CO, his sister-in-law, Dottie Burnett of La Junta, CO, and his brother-in-law, Mike Burger, of Palm Springs, CA.  
A memorial service will be held for Wes on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Woodland Life Center, A Nazarene Church, 900 Evergreen Heights Dr., Woodland Park, CO.  A reception with light refreshment will follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Phoenix Multisport, 216 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903, 719-434-3387, or Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition at

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Deborah Ehrlich
   Posted Tue September 26, 2017
Julie and Family, My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband. I'm sure that knowing Wes is with Jesus is some comfort, but also know that you ( and all of us) had hoped and prayed for an outcome that would have let him stay on this earth longer. We now know that God in his infinite wisdom, has other plans for Wes and has called him home. Due to a prior commitment, Jake and I are unable to attend the service on Saturday, but we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers during the coming months as you begin the process of grieving and learn how to continue in this life without your beloved husband. Love, Jake and Deb Ehrlich

Roy and Rolleen Quiett
   Posted Tue September 26, 2017
S. ThiThinking of you. You are in our prayers. Wish we could be there with you at this time with our love,.

Duane Judd
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
Wes was a good friend and classmate all threw school.Always looked forward to reunions so we could talk,will be missed but always remembered,prayers will be with the family.

Devan De Oliveira
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
My condolences are with the family at such a heartbreaking time. I never had the pleasure of meeting Wes but from working with and speaking to Julie on a daily basis, I feel as though I met him and knew him for years. He sounds like an amazing man, one I only wish I had gotten to know. Julie-I wish I could take away the pain in your heart. Just know that I am thinking about you and praying for comfort for you and your family.

With love.

Renae DellaCroce
   Posted Thu September 28, 2017
I pray for your peace and lasting memories.

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