ALAN 'JERRY' WILSON, SR. MENA, AR Master Chief Quarter Master Alan 'Jerry' Wilson, Sr., 80, died peacefully in his Mena, AR home on December 1, 2016 He was a 22 year veteran submarine sailor and river patrol boat commander in the Navy. He served three tours on River Patrol boats in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War and was awarded many commendations, including a Bronze Star. After retiring from the Navy, Alan attended Purdue University Extension in Michigan City, IN where he obtained an Associates Degree in Accounting. For the next fifteen years, he worked as an accountant and subsequently as sales manager for Sullaire Corporation in Michigan City, IN. He finished his working life as an independent long-haul trucker operating out of Mena, AR. QMCM Wilson was born on May 10, 1936 in Chicago, IL, to parents, Gustav Wilson and Lillian Sunderman. He married Carroll Toth Wilson in 1972. He is survived by his daughters: Dana and Stacey; his sons: Dave and Alan Jr.; a sister Barbara Rogers and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. His kindness and patience touched the lives of many, and all who knew him respected and loved him. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, and he will never be forgotten. Memorials can be sent in Alan's name to: Navy Marine Corp Relief Society, Attention: Development, 875 N. Randolph Street, Ste 225, Arlington, VA 22203 or online at HTTP://NMCRS.Org.

Published in The Times on Dec. 11, 2016