Covell Funeral Home

200 N Brownson, Kingsley, MI


Jimmy Dale Wilson

October 15, 1935December 15, 2019

Kingsley, MI - Jimmy Dale Wilson, 84, passed away on Dec. 15, 2019 at Munson Medical Center. Jim was born on Oct 15, 1935 at the family farmhouse in Kingsley to Ivan C. Wilson and Bessie G. (Voice) Wilson. Jim graduated from Kingsley High School in 1954. He began his career as a bag boy at Oleson’s Grocery on Front St. in Traverse City which sparked a 30-year career in the grocery industry. Jim’s first love was farming, which continued to be his passion for his entire life. He left the grocery business to pursue farming full time and carry on his family’s stewardship of the land. Jim became a full time cow/calf and cash crop farmer. He was a true John Deere tractor enthusiast. He was a member of the Michigan Cattleman’s Association, and he also served on the board of the Grand Traverse County Soil Conservation District. Jim was an avid fan of the Kingsley Stags, MSU Spartan’s (especially basketball), and the Detroit Lions. In his leisure time he enjoyed his family, rose garden, hunting and attending local car shows with his restored 1972 and 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix’s. Jim is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cheryl (Parker) Wilson. His daughters Charlene (Denis) Opolski, Lynn Wilson (Kathy Hueffman), Melissa Wilson (Jesse Salisbury), Heather Sizemore and Amy (Chad) Raschi. Grandchildren Tyler Bradley, Abigail Beeman, Dustin Bradley, Hannah Raschi, TJ and Tate Sizemore. Sisters Muriel Avery, Jacqueline Fredenburg, Nancy Wilson, Sandra (Ken) Sleder, Diane (Jim) Cowley, Gloria (Denny) Burke, Jennifer (Wayne) Simmons, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Duane Wilson, sister Denise Wilson, brother-in-law Nahum Avery, as well as son-in-law Terry Sizemore. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18th from 6-8pm at Covell Funeral Home, 200 N. Brownson Ave, Kingsley MI 49649. The funeral service will be on Thursday, Dec. 19th at 1pm with visitation one hour before the service. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Kingsley at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at the Webber Heart Center in Munson Medical Center for their excellent care of Jim. A special thank you to Dr. Jon Beattie for his care of Jim over the years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Jim’s name be made to the American Heart Association or charity of their choice.


  • American Heart Association


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 19, 2019


Jimmy Dale Wilson

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Sandy Raymond

January 6, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy about 15 years ago. Though I am a "city girl" now, I had worked on a farm in my youth, and I enjoyed talking with Jimmy about farm life. My brother is a mechanic, and Jimmy and I talked a lot about cars, and especially the thrill of FAST cars. My son pursued a career as a welder, then as a motorcycle mechanic, and Jimmy always seemed eager to hear about how his training was coming along. I enjoyed time spent talking with Jimmy-it was as if I had know him all my life. You could see his eyes light up when he talked about his cows, and his big smile when talking about driving fast. And of course his family. Jimmy treasured time with family, especially grandchildren, and spoke of them with love and pride. I will always feel blessed to have had time to enjoy his company, and his love of life. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

Sandy & Ken Sleder

December 18, 2019

Loved having you for a brother, thank you for all of the years you carried on farming our land. Knew we could depend on you. Cheryl you have been wonderful support also. Always will appreciate the years you took care of Denise and all of the care of Jim through his suffering with heart disease. We had great family gatherings on the farm too. Thank you so much.

Pat Hanna

December 18, 2019

So sorry for your loss Wilson family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. So glad I got to see him at his 80th birthday, he gave me a huge bear hug.
Jim will always be missed in our hearts.
In Christian Love,
Patty. Gene & Ben Hanna

Diane Cowley

December 18, 2019

Well brother, what can I add that hasn’t already been said! I think you gave the best hugs, weren’t afraid to tell us you loved us and plant a kiss too! Little sisters can be a pain! You didn’t appreciate it when I told you I liked you being in the hospital as it was much more convenient for me to visit you! I will miss those visits with you and Cheryl. I wonder if Denise said “you’re late” when you arrived at heaven’s gate? Love until we meet again. Diane & Jim

Jenny Simmons

December 17, 2019

I am not sure what I will do without my big brother. You have always been there for me when I needed you the most.

You handled well being surrounded by 8 sisters and 5 daughters and never gave up when your health was failing. I have such gratitude to Cheryl for her wonderful care of you.

You no longer are in pain and that I am happy for. I know that you will love seeing mom, dad, Duane and Denise again. Take care my big brother. Until we meet again. I love you forever. Jenny.

Rhonda Winn

December 17, 2019

I will always remember Uncle Jimmy a man's man, a rock. Kind and loving to his family. Kind to animals. A great listener. An intelligent, warm man... This hurts. He was a lucky man to have his devoted wife Cheryl. RIP Uncle Jimmy. You will live on in our wonderful memories of you!

Nancy Wilson

December 17, 2019

Jim, I am so going to miss you. You were just enough older than I to play the role of big brother, but close enough to my age to be my good friend. I especially am grateful for the closeness we have had over the past few years.
You have been kind, wise, funny, and often wore your emotions on your sleeves.
You loved your daughters without measure, and they adored you.
In Cheryl, you found the perfect partner and forged a loving relationship that lasted for decades.
Rest in peace, dear brother. God took you home to be with Jesus, your parents, Duane, and Denise for Christmas.

Gloria Burke

December 17, 2019

How could I have left out Jim’s beautiful daughter Amy?
Amy, Chad, Hannah and Abbey have been such a joy to Jim — always there to help out when needed.
A daughter in every way ❤️
Love you,
Denny & Gloria

Amy Raschi

December 17, 2019

Hello, it’s me, daughter number five!!!
I am so fortunate to have grown up under the same roof as you from the young age of 11. Growing up on the farm has taught me so many things. One memory that stands out is when you taught me to plant corn. I had gotten in trouble for something and part of my punishment was to spend the day helping you plant the corn. Filling the planter, riding in the tractor-you know fun times for a teenage girl! I was so mad! What I would have considered punishment then has formed me into the person I am today. There are just too many memories to put into words.
Lucky for you I married the hired hand and planted roots just down the road from you and mom. I am so grateful my children have been able to experience a part of the life I grew up in. Though we are not bound by blood you are still my dad-my 2nd dad-and you will be so greatly missed. 💚💛

Gloria Burke

December 17, 2019

My brother Jim,
How you will be missed, especially by all the women in your life,...
Your wonderful wife Cheryl, your four beautiful daughters, Char, Lynn, Melissa, Heather, and all seven of your sisters..... Muriel, Jackie, Nancy, Sandy, Diane, Gloria and Jenny. You were our rock.
Dance in heaven with Denise, chat about farm life with Duane and have a nice dinner with Mom and Dad. They will be happy to now have you.
Love your ‘sis’