David Wayne “Red” Wilson

August 11, 1963 ‒ September 26, 2019

Marengo, Ohio

David Wayne “Red” Wilson, 56 of Marengo, gently passed Thursday, September 26, surrounded by his loving wife and sons. Having waged a courageous battle against cancer, he moved on knowing that he was loved beyond measure.

Born August 11, 1963 in Delaware, Ohio to the late Merrell “Doc” & Molly Esther (Brokaw) Wilson. The youngest of three brothers, Red learned to hold his own at an early age. He attended Hayes High School, and worked as an equipment operator, providing valuable customer service, at Shelly Materials for over 22 years. Red was well respected by fellow employees and drivers and counted both as friends.

Left to cherish his memory are Jodi (Powell) Wilson, his wife of 24 years; sons Derrik (Sam Knape) and Skylar (Megan Weir) Wilson; Papaw “Red’s” grandson, Cody Daniels; brother Brian (Joyce) Wilson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends who he considered family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Brenda Wilson, and brother Terry L. Wilson.

Red’s “happy place” was at home relaxing with his queen on the back deck, where he would “shoot the shit” surrounded by his family, friends, and the serene country side that he loved. A beer connoisseur and a reformed Bud Light drinker, he was usually found with a cold can of Busch Light in hand and 29 back-ups in the cooler to share with those lucky to call him friend. Never the conformist, Red was the epitome of cool. From his leather jacket to his rural king jeans, to his favorite safety green tees, he championed being comfortable with who you are. A man of humor, Red delivered rapid fire sarcastic jabs like it was his job. His friendship was coveted and he maintained many relationships from childhood. He genuinely enjoyed his work, rising at 4:00 am to start each day. Ever the reliable team player, he willingly covered overtime and other plant locations. Red’s love of all things automotive translated to an encyclopedic knowledge of auto mechanics and auto painting. He freely shared his love of autos with those seeking his expertise. Having had a life filled with friends and work he loved, he truly cherished his family above all else. Red was the original dedicated bachelor. That is until he met the love of his life, Jodi. Theirs was an undeniable love and Red held no one above her. He called her Queen and she affectionately called him, Sir Royal Asshole. An enchanted union from the start, they termed their relationship, the Reign of Terror and it lasted 24 lovingly long years. Together he and Jodi ruled the Wilson Kingdom.  Blessed with two male heirs to the redneck throne of terror, Red’s “boys” were his pride and joy. He counts the life he and his Queen built, and his boys, as his greatest achievements. Red is remembered not as good man, but as a great man, a hardworking man, a proud blue collar man, a man that loved and is loved by all who knew him.

Note: Red’s favorite color was safety green/yellow and his go to outfit was his safety green tees and jeans. He would be honored if guests would dress comfortably by joining him in wearing tees and jeans.

Pastor Lucian Baker will officiate a celebration of Red’s Life at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015, where family and friends may call from Noon- 3:00 p.m & 5:00pm – 7:00 pm Sunday, October 6th, 2019 and then again on Monday from 11:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

The family asks that you share a personal story or fond memory about Red or to leave a message of condolence at visit www.snyderfunalhome.com. Or on Red’s FaceBook page. Humorous memories encouraged.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center are assisting the family with arrangements

  • I will forvever remember the engine pullers hanging from Molly’s tree . The Airport Rd races and 70s 80s music blasting from the suped up car windows those were the days. You will be missed Red love and prayers to Jodi ,Derek and Skylar you was truely his world

  • I was lucky enough to drive around and be loaded by Red for 3 years. He was a great man and always funny. All my condolences to his family.


  • I really enjoyed knowing and working with Red. There were times we would yell at each other, laugh at one another and just plain laugh together at life. We lost touch when I went to Columbus Lime and unfortunately we got together again due to your illness. I wish it would have been under different circumstances but at least we got to share life together once more before you went back to the Lord. I’ll never forget you old buddy and may the Lord keep you in His loving arms until we meet again.

  • I am going to miss you bro. We had a lot of fun back in the day, raising hell & driving way too fast! I think we partied on every back road in Delaware county, not to mention Nationwise, Good Year, Kroger…. Too many memories to list. They have all been playing back in my mind this past month. More recently regularly running into you at Meijer after work & bullshitting . I miss running into you there bro!
    & All I keep hearing you say, ” D a m n it man! ”
    Till we meet again. …

  • You will deeply missed Red lots of great memories growing up take care my friend fly high

  • I just got the news today from my other buddy Emmett I heard Red was sick so every once in a while I would call up home and check on him RIH Brother thank you for all of your hard work I would say after Red loaded me weather I was driving for Mikes or Tilton or RG or Forrest that whole gang up there in Ostrander or East Liberty or Belle Center Springfield Mechanicsburg York Center or Columbus Lime all of the loader men are second too none especially ole Red till we meet again Brother!

  • Best memory with red was giving me a ride home from work it was winter we were drinking and I was smoking some stuff that was pretty good by the time he got me home he asked what the hell bobb what kind of shit is that I’m higher than hell I think I got contact buzz .the next day I seen him he said you bastard I had cottonmouth from hell you cant ride with me anymore as both of laughed are asses off .

  • Red you were always such a nice guy and always cared about people and truly loved your wife and two boys you will truly be missed may you rip

  • I will never forget when Red and I were sitting around his bonfire at his house at about 1am. We ran out of beer and I was still thirsty, but we couldn’t drive anywhere. He said “I have some homemade wine in the cellar under the barn”. He told me very good stuff, but refused to drink it with me. I told him while drinking it that the homemade wine was weak and tasted like grape juice. He laughed and just shook his head and about an hour later I learned why he refused to drink any of it with me! RIP Red with no more suffering, you are greatly missed.

  • My favorite recent memory of Red was a few years ago he showed up at FH about lunchtime, on his way to work, to Brian. I was sitting in truck when he rolled up in that red Kia Soul… I yelled “I always wondered kind of man would drive a car advertised by a gerbil!” I can’t print his response here LOL