Howard Donovan (Donnie) Wilson, age 67, of Somerset,
passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Hospice of Lake
Cumberland (Jean Waddle Care Center).
He was born on February 22, 1950 in Pineville, KY,
the son of Bonnie Jean Green Wilson and the late Howard Dempsey
Howard was retired from NASA and spent four years as
a Kentucky State Trooper. He served in the United States Navy
for six years and was a member of First Baptist Church in
He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Wilson, of
Cincinnati, OH; his children, Thomas Donovan Wilson, Robert
Aaron Wilson and Shelby Nicole Wilson-Belcher, all of Texas; his
sisters, Sherry J. (Ben) Allen and Terri L. Wilson, all of
Cincinnati, OH; his granddaughter, Rylan Jane Belcher. He is
also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donnie also leaves behind his extended family, Connie
Wilson (his loving friend and companion), Mendi Wilson, Aaron
Greene and Onida Wilson.
Donnie’s family would like to extend their deepest
gratitude to the Veterans Hospital in both Houston, TX and
Lexington, KY. Also, a very special thank you to Hospice of Lake
Cumberland and Jean Waddle Care Center for their loving care and
compassion. To Nurse Beverly Mulcahy and Laura Godby S.W. we
thank God for you both.
In accordance with his wishes, Donnie will be
cremated and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a
later date. He has also requested that in lieu of flowers, any
contributions can be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,
Cincinnati, OH and/or Wounded Warriors Project, Topeka, KS.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the
arrangements for Mr. Howard Donovan (Donnie) Wilson.