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Mr. Richard J. "Dick" Wilson, age 65 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012, at his home. Dick was born on March 20, 1947, in Jefferson City, to Joseph Andrew and Bernadette Bruns Wilson. He was married on June 1, 1974, in Bernie, Mo., to Nancy Botsch. A lifelong resident of Jefferson City, Dick was a 1965 graduate of Helias High School and a 1970 graduate of Lincoln University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking. Dick was one of the first employees of Jefferson Bank of Missouri in Jefferson City when it was chartered in 1967 and spent his entire career there holding numerous positions. He was a commercial loan officer for many of those years and was honored to become the President in February of 2008. He also served on the Board of Directors since 1999. Dick was a dedicated community volunteer throughout his life. He was currently serving as the chairman and secretary of the Small Business Administration Loan Committee with the Rural Missouri, Inc. Board of Directors; the St. Mary's Health Center Foundation Board of Directors since 1992 and served as President from 1996-1997; the State of Missouri American Legion Finance Commission since 2009; and the Missouri Colleges Fund, Inc. Board of Directors since 2010. Some of Dick's past leadership and community endeavors include the following: a member of the Missouri Development Finance Board (2003-2009); a member of the St. Mary's Health Center Board of Directors (1999-2002); a member of the Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors (1990-1994); a charter member of the Jefferson City Charter Commission in 1985; a member of the Helias High School Foundation Board of Directors (1980-1994) serving as President in 1986 and Campaign Chairman in 1982; a member of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (1975-1981) and served as Chamber President in 1977; a member of the Jefferson City United Way Board of Directors (1980-1986) and served as Campaign Vice-Chairman in 1981 and Campaign President in 1984; a member of the Lincoln University Foundation Board of Directors (1974-1978) and served as Treasurer in 1976. He was also a charter member of the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation and received his Eagle Scout designation in 1963. He was also actively involved with numerous fund drives including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, and helped with the original building fund drive for the Jefferson City Sheltered Workshop. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Dick was honored with many awards throughout his career for community involvement but was particularly proud of his induction into the Helias High School Hall of Fame in 2010; being a recipient of the Jaycee's Distinguished Service Award in 1978 and a recipient of the Jaycee's Ten Outstanding Missourians Award in 1979. Dick was also a lifetime member of the Board of Governors of Capital Region Medical Center. Dick was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending Cardinal baseball games, Missouri Tiger, and Helias Crusader and Jefferson City Jay athletic events. Survivors include: his wife of 37 years, Nancy Botsch Wilson; two sons, Tim Wilson and his wife Lindsay of Denver, Colo. and Brad Wilson of Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Libby Wilson of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Mary Joan Wilson Hoffman and her husband Ron of Grandview, Mo.; his mother-in-law, Helen Botsch; one brother-in-law, Don Botsch; one niece, Amy Lothamer; two nephews, Aron Hoffman and his wife Patty and Jonathan Hoffman and his wife Anne. He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Dennis Botsch. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at St. Peter Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012, with the Reverend Gregory Meystrik officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Richard J. Wilson Scholarship Fund at Helias High School. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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