Carl Richard Wilson


Carl Richard Wilson, 82, passed away on Friday, October 8th, 2021, of natural causes. Carl was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Edna Wilson, as well as by his brother Norman, and sister Judy.


Carl is survived by his wife Jan Wilson, daughter Nancy Salmons, son Steven Wilson and his wife Gayle, step-daughter Crystal White and husband Mark, grandson Robert Patrick and wife Tracy, grandson Erik Christopher, granddaughter Loraine, grandson Blake, grandson Jack White and granddaughter Ruby White, as well as great-grandchildren Aria and Kylo Salmons. Carl is also survived by his three brothers, Dan and wife Connie, Paul and wife Janis, and David and wife Bonnie. Carl is also survived by the mother of his children, Jean Wilson, of Denver, Colorado.


In his early years, Carl faced many hardships and difficult times. At the age of 16, he gave his life to Jesus, and began walking along the path of faith and righteousness, which he would carry with him every day of his life. After attending Lincoln High School, Carl worked his way into the construction industry, which was the beginning of his lifelong career as a contractor, collecting knowledge and tools along the way. That knowledge, and a handful of those tools, remained with him until his final days. From Des Moines, to Denver, to Kansas City, Carl constructed and remodeled buildings and houses with vision and precision that rivaled the expertise of the best architects, engineers, and code officials. He built many things in his lifetime, but perhaps of all the things that he created, the most lasting were the relationships he cultivated throughout his life.


Just as a contractor builds with intention, Carl built intentional relationships with the people he encountered. He was a man that truly embraced what it means to be Christ-like; his faith, kindness, and service to others are just a few examples of this. Those that knew Carl can reflect on personal experiences of how he embraced, accepted, and served us, and how we were loved by him. There was no such thing as an empty seat at his table or a closed door to his house. Carl was a generous man, lending his time and skills to serve others in countless ways, expecting nothing in return. He imparted the wisdom he gained from a lifetime of trial and error, and never ceased to remind you that you matter; both to him, and to God.


Carl’s consistent warmth, quick wit, and humor was unwavering and remains unmatched. His off-the-wall comments would make you pause for a moment before breaking into laughter. His humor was a gift, something that was given to him to bestow upon anyone and everyone who had the fortune (or misfortune depending on how you look at it) of getting to experience his joy, whether for two minutes or for two hours. Carl could lift the mood of an entire room with just a few timely words, accompanied by perfectly placed inflection and hand gestures.


Carl was hilarious. Carl was kind. He was a husband. He was a father, a grandfather, a great- grandfather, a brother, an uncle and a friend. He was an open door with a seat at the table. He was a light on your darkest days. Most importantly, he was a contractor that built a life of love, laughter, meaningful relationships, and a legacy that lives on because of who he was.


The thought of a world without Carl is a tough reality to face. He made an impact on so many people, in a way unique to who they were. One of the many things he was good at was seeing potential, whether in a rundown old house or in a person. He saw what that neglected house had the potential to be, and he saw the potential within you, even when you could not see it yourself. Even now, he is proud of you, he is still here, with me and with you. It’s easy to think that we each have a Carl-sized hole missing in our heart now that he is gone. However, Carl wouldn’t want us to view his passing as a loss, but instead, reflect on the memories of him, the impact he had on each of us, and for us to follow the Christ-like example of how he genuinely cared about everyone with whom he came into contact. In life, he loved and was loved dearly. In death, he imparted pieces of himself to all those he touched, to cherish and remember the warmth and light he brought to us through his laughter and love.


All of us will gather, familiar and unfamiliar faces, together as family, for Carl’s Celebration of Life Service. May we always welcome strangers, serve selflessly, and love wholeheartedly, just as Carl did. For one last time, his doors are open, and he has saved you a seat.



Carl’s Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 2:00P.M. at College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan Street, Olathe, Kansas.


If you’re unable to attend in person, you may view via livestream at the following link:


Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, we ask that any donations be made to Carl’s favorite charity, Shelter KC, formerly Kansas City Rescue Mission, at Home | Shelter KC | A Kansas City Rescue Mission


  1. Beth Salmons-Bernius on October 29, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Love and Prayers for you and the whole family! May Gods loving arms comfort an give you all Peace!

  2. Tom Travis on October 28, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Jan, whenever I thought about Carl I would chuckle. Yes, he was “hilarious”. Conversations with him were always funny. I’m so sad for you. My love and condolences.

  3. Terry Lowe on October 28, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Carl was an exceptional man and I was privileged to call him “friend.” Although he had no formal advanced degrees, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of the commercial and residential construction industry. He was also a master craftsman with an attention to detail and finished product seldom seen anymore. I will miss him! He was a man of ardent faith in Christ and sought to please and represent his Savior as a faithful ambassador. I have no doubt he has heard from his Heavenly Father “ well done faithful servant.”

  4. Rachel and Steven Harris on October 28, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Jan, we are so sorry for your loss. We appreciated Carl’s kindness, friendliness and humor. He could make anyone feel Welcome and at ease which is just so special. Sending hugs. Rachel and Steven Harris

  5. Bronnie Pettitt on October 27, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Jan, I am reading Carl’s story with tears in my eyes and feelings of gratitude that I was able to sit at Carl’s table with you. That breakfast will always be one of my special memories. Your beautiful home remodel, awesome turquoise chairs, lovely screened in porch…and the friendship shared. I am a better person for having known Carl.

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