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Claude Richard (Arky) Wilson

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Claude Richard (Arky) Wilson, 86 of Desoto, Kansas passed away peacefully from natural causes Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Olathe, Kansas.

Claude was born April 29, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri to Gladys’s Fuller.  He graduated from Norris High School in 1951.  In 1954 he married Eula Darlene Ritter in Deepwater, Missouri.  Claude started his own business in 1959; CR Wilson & Son’s a local moving company where Claude worked alongside his family until retiring in 1999, later passing the business along to his eldest son Rick Wilson.

Claude supported our country by serving several years in the Korean War. Claude enjoyed spending time on the Wilson farm in Humansville, MO. collecting and fixing up old cars and tractors.  He loved life in the country spending time with family and friends.

Claude is survived by his seven children; Rick Wilson, Gina Pratt, Tammy Best, Timothy Wilson, John Wilson, Sheila Chaney, and Claude Richard Wilson II, his 14 grandchildren, Katie Teutemacher, Shalyce Davis, Shannon Davis, Tracy Barnett, Josie Pratt, Rachel Porter, Alexis Best, Sabrina Toto, Samantha Granados, Macee Wilson, Jesse Wilson, Jayme Wilson, Ryan Chaney, Bryan Chaney and 18 great grandchildren. 

Surviving family members of Claude are Brother’s Raymond Fuller, Gene Fuller and Sister’s Barbara Robinson, Betty Butts and Mary White.

Claude was preceded in death by his loving wife Eula Darlene Wilson in 1997, parent Gladys’s Fuller, Brother Charles Fuller and Sister Francis Northcutt.


A graveside service will be planned for Claude in the spring of 2019 where he will be laid to rest next to his late wife Eula Darlene Wilson.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Veterans Administration or Hospice.


  1. Lora Peterson on February 2, 2019 at 11:27 am

    You were my best friend for nearly two years…I miss you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again, God willing.

  2. Vickie Young on January 31, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    To my dear cousins, Darlene & Arky’s kids, many good , precious, & fun memories of days gone by. My dad & your dad watching Chiefs games at your house on Sundays. Our moms sitting at the kitchen table talking & we, the kids, playing outside, inside, & everywhere. So much fun. I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you take comfort in knowing he is whole again and he has joined your mom who has been waiting for over 21 years. Arky will be missed by all here on Earth. God Bless each & every one of you. Love & prayers sent your way.

  3. Judy Taylor on January 31, 2019 at 8:25 am

    To the children and and grandchildren: with the deepest of sympathy and love to all, and may your father and grandfather rest in peace now as he joins your mom.
    Two of the finest people that I’ve had the pleasure to meet, and to thank you for sharing them with my kids and myself for all those times/such good times. And so many good memories that’ll never be forgotten.
    We loved them and we loved all of you and may God Bless and look over each and every one of you duty this time of sorrow and sadness, and look to the heaven for peace as those reo Angels are looking down to you.

    Love Judy Bobbie and Amy and Shannon.

    PS: Shawn is there too

  4. Gina on January 30, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    You will be greatly missed by all of us, but we know you are in a better place. We Love You and you will for always be in my heart.
    I Love You Dad!

  5. Cheryl Hatch on January 30, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I have so many good memories of him and the family back in the day on Melrose Lane.
    We need to get together once in a while!
    Love you all!♥️
    Cheryl and John Hatch

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