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Peter Lee Wilson June 1, 1938 - December 22, 2023

Peter Lee Wilson, 85, of Boise, Idaho, passed away on December 22, 2023.  “Pete” as he was called by most who knew him, was born on June 1, 1938, in Enterprise, Oregon, to Jim and Murrielle Wilson.

Pete was a wise, capable man with a sly sense of humor and a strong sense of tradition.  Family was his primary focus in life, and he took great pride in supporting his kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family in all their pursuits.

The second of four sons, Pete’s earliest memories were from the Hat Point Lookout, where his father worked as a forest ranger.  The family later moved to Riggins on the Salmon River, where he enjoyed a childhood growing up in rural, small-town Idaho.

Pete had two daughters, Monique and Renee, with his first wife Barbara Otterbacher.  Striving toward academic excellence, Pete moved the family to Washington D.C. where he graduated from George Washington University while working for Idaho Senator Len Jordan.  In 1968, Pete began his career as a property tax administrator with Boise Cascade Corporation, retiring in 1991. Loving  community involvement, he began a lifelong relationship with the Exchange Club   of Boise.  He cherished the time spent with club members and activities to enhance his community.

In 1972, Pete married Sharon Reese, (whom he always referred to as “his bride”). Pete and Sharon were an inseparable team that faced life together, arm in arm.  Their marriage of more than fifty years was one of Pete’s most treasured blessings.

Pete is survived by “his bride” Sharon, his brothers Bill Wilson (Mary Alice), Rocke Wilson (Claudia), his daughter Monique Zehner, his grandchildren Tehani Schnupp (Bill), Ty Waters (Amanda), Clay Waters, Kellie Selmer (Reid) and 13  great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Tom Reese (Charlotte), as well as his countless extended family members and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Murrielle Wilson, his brother, Philip Wilson, and daughter, Renee Wilson.  A special thank you to nephews Greg (Aly) and Ken Wilson for their love and care of Uncle Pete.  Honorary family members Marlene Smitchger Lewis, Ryan and Blake Smitchger and the Bill Schnupp family.

A service to celebrate Pete’s life will be held at Bowman Funeral Home, located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Drive, Boise 83714, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend and pay their respects.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riggins High School library. Your support will help continue Pete’s love of books and legacy of education.  Thank you to Bluebird health for your kindness in his care.

Please join us in remembering Pete Wilson and honoring his remarkable life. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

A service to celebrate Pete’s life will be held at Bowman Funeral Home, located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Drive, Boise 83714, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend and pay their respects.

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    KAY COFFMAN says

    My dearly loved and most kind cousin – will be missed so much! So glad we were a part of each others lives for all these years!

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    Jackie Schnupp says

    We met Pete and Sharon in 2013, when our son Bill asked permission to marry their granddaughter Tehani. It was as though beloved members of our family we hadn’t realized were missing came home – it was an instant and perfect fit.

    The entire extended Schnupp family felt loved by Pete, and with his loss there is a piece missing from our life puzzle that no one can fill. We mourn the passing of a prince among men – and the dearest of friends.

    We look forward to the day our tears will turn to smiles, as we each remember and share our own cherished Pete stories – cuz he gave them to us all. 😁

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    Cathie Ceciliani says

    Whoever Pete crossed paths he left his footprints on their hearts He was the most kind loving person, generous to all. His wife, Sharon, is equal in this character and will continue this legacy. May he rest in peace ✝️

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    Gregory Fisher says

    As a member of the Exchange Club, Pete recruited me to be involved as a poll worker for elections and as a marshal for the annual Albertson’s golf tournament. These were experiences that I otherwise would not have had and which I will cherish. Pete was the “historian” for the Exchange Club and his commitment, insight and input was invaluable.. I will miss his humor and presence. My condolences to his wife Sharon and to his extended family.

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    James L Szatkowski says

    Pete was a consumate leader. He kept the Boise Exchange Club on a focused path for decades, from the boxing matches to the state track meet support, you could always count on him. He was the welcoming committee always taking the time to meet and greet folks at the club and to sit with them and make them feel comfortable. His sahe advice and welcoming spirit will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my friend, we’ve got the watch.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riggins High School library. Your support will help continue Pete’s love of books and legacy of education.