Mr. Peter G Wilson, of Lindsay and Terry, MT, formerly of Sentinel Butte, ND, passed away on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at the age of 79.
Pete was born to parents Sam and Viola (Hollenbeck) Wilson on December 21, 1938 in Beach, ND. He grew up in the surrounding areas of Carlyle, MT and Sentinel Butte, ND, attending school in Beach, ND. He lived and worked on the farm until he was called to serve his country in 1962 through 1964 for the United States Army where he was stationed primarily in Germany. Upon his discharge from the service he began carpentry work which he continued throughout his life, later in years making beautiful cedar picture frames, old doors made into bars or tables and little cedar boxes. Pete poured many yards of concrete and was known to make it smooth as glass. He always told people that he was a jack of all trades and master of none. He also bought and operated a Texaco Station in Beach, ND for a short period. Pete served on the Farmers Union Board of Directors and the Golva School Board along with being active in every community he was in. He had built and donated many a fine piece of carpentry art to the Prairie Community Hospital Foundation in Terry. Pete married Darlene Michels on January 19, 1966 in Aberdeen, SD. They had four children, Wendy (Wilson) Keller, Peter T Wilson, Shawn Wilson (deceased in infancy) and Patricia (Wilson) Davis. They owned and operated a farm/ranch south of Sentinel Butte, ND for 33 years. Pete then went back to carpentry work, roofing, and building pole barns until his retirement. He lived with his oldest daughter Wendy, husband Kenny and grandkids Allysha and Dalton, in Glendive and Lindsay for the last sixteen years. Shortly before his passing he moved to Terry, MT, to live with Patty and Jared along with grandkids Tristan and DeLaney Davis and Nevada Coon. Known as Papa Pete to so many, he enjoyed sitting at the grandkids’ games with all of the young kids and talking, along with sharing his M&M’s and popcorn. He loved watching his grandkids and rarely missed a home game or county fair where they competed. He could always be counted on to give the refs a hard time and to cheer for all the kids on the field or court. Over the years he came to think of some of the grandkids’ friends as his own grandkids. He sure thought a lot of them and it showed as many of them came to visit and sit with him in his final days in Terry. He loved to tell a good joke or “one more story” on your way out the door. Pete worked too hard for a dollar most of his life, but loved to make people laugh and was always a welcome visitor to so many. He taught everyone around him what it was to have a good work ethic. He believed that it took a whole village to raise a child and to stand up for those you loved and admired. Pete always had good stories to tell about tough cowboys and most enjoyed riding a good horse himself, only one of which was ever buried on the place…he thought that one was special for sure. He made a lot of friends through his love of cards and was known to win a hand or two while he was at it. His phone calls will be missed by many when he just called to see if you were being good today, because he was always being good.
Pete is preceded in death by his parents Sam and Viola Wilson, brother; John Wilson. Pete is survived by Darlene (Michels) Wilson, his wife of 25 years, children; Wendy (Kenny) Keller, Lindsay, MT and their children Allysha Shaver, Glendive, MT and Dalton Keller, Peter Todd (Kay) Wilson, Beach, ND and their children Lisa (Waylin) Martens, Dickinson, ND and their children Marley and Keller and Mindy Wood, South Heart, ND and her children Gavin, Luke and Brixton; Patty (Jared) Davis and their children Mikayla Ridenhower, Sidney, MT, Tristan and DeLaney Davis; his sisters Tiny (Viola) Schillo, Billings, MT, Mary Jane (Rodney) Olesen, Sentinel Butte, ND and 15 nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Pete’s life will be held at the American Legion Post #32, in Terry, MT on Saturday, May 05, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. where he will be honored as a veteran of the United Stated Military. All of Pete’s family and friends are invited to come and tell Pete stories, visit for a while with some good peoples and enjoy a game of cards if you like, along with great food and good company. The family is grateful for the condolences, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Glendive Community Cancer Fund, 310 Georgetown Dr., Glendive, 59330 or the Prairie Community Hospital Foundation Box 66, Terry, 59349.