George Thomas Wilson (Tom) was born June 20, 1927 in Jordan, Montana to Ben and Jean (Bowe) Wilson. Tom attended a one-room school in Spring Creek, and graduated from the Cohagen School. Tom had an older brother Raymond Ward and two sisters, the older Mary Rickner and younger Patricia Foulk. The siblings worked with their parents on the ranch in northern Garfield County located within the Missouri River Breaks. After his father’s death, Tom continued to ranch enhancing his skills as a cattleman and steward of the land growing the original homestead into a substantial property. Tom was the embodiment of the American cowboy culminating in his participation in the Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive of 1989.
Tom was twice married. First to Bonnie Johnson in 1959. The couple adopted three children George, Marcie, and Joe. In 1981 Tom married LaVonne Foss. The couple managed the homestead ranch in Brussett, Montana making hay, calves, and memories. In 1997, they purchased a new ranch in the Judith Mountains outside Lewistown, Montana. Upon their retirement in 2000, Tom moved into Lewistown, Montana where he remained until his death. During this time, Tom was able to reap the rewards of his long labors by engaging in his community.
Tom was an accomplished musician playing the harmonica at the Central Montana Medical Center, the Senior Citizen’s Center, the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering, with the Spring Creek Players, and at “Jams” within his home and the homes of others. He also enjoyed solving the world’s problems with his group at the weekly coffee bunch at Little Big Man. What was uncommonly special about Tom was his ability to retell stories of life in the “breaks” recounting the early years of homesteading.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother, father, sisters, and two children George and Marcie. He is survived by his by spouse LaVonne “Foss” Wilson, son Joe, granddaughter Tanna Eschenko, and grandson Steven Bricks.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown or the charity of one’s choice.