David Wayne “Red” Wilson
August 11, 1963 ‒ September 26, 2019
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