BOISE, Idaho — Wilbert “Bill” Wilson, 85, a member of Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland, died May 22.

Mr. Wilson was born to Muriel Luezia and Wilbert Wilson in a farmhouse in Stringtown, Iowa, June 18, 1934. He was the older of two boys.

Mr. Wilson joined the Air Force in 1952. He served until 1956 in Biloxi, Mississippi. He had two children. After the Air Force, Mr. Wilson studied engineering at Iowa State University. He came to Oregon in the 1970s. He worked for a heating and air conditioning company, where he met Evelyn O’Neill. They were married in 1984 and were together 35 years, until her death.

The couple’s adventurous life included nine years in Ankara, Turkey, where Mr. Wilson worked as a mechanical engineer. They traveled the world from there. Mr. Wilson loved the outdoors, including hunting with his Turkish friends. After returning from Turkey, the couple lived on a houseboat on the Columbia River in Portland. They continued to travel and regularly visited Mr. Wilson’s grandkids, Kally Ann and Kyle Johnston. His last years were spent in Boise, where the couple moved to be closer to Mrs. Wilson’s children.

Mr. Wilson had a dry sense of humor and was always up for something new. He will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Wilson.

He is survived by his two children, Traci Johnston and John Wilson; two grandchildren; stepson Sean O’Neill and stepdaughter Kelly O’Neill; and his brother, Harold Wilson. A memorial in his honor will be Aug.1 in Boise, Idaho at the Cremation Society of Idaho.