Gary Dean Wilson Obituary

July 1, 2024 –

Gary Dean Wilson
September 30, 1956 – June 27, 2024

Gary Dean Wilson, aka “Beano” and “Chief”, 67, of Mayetta, KS, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2024 at his home, with family by his side. He was born September 30, 1956 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Robert Henry Wilson and Delores Pauline Pahmahmie.

Gary graduated from Rossville High School in 1974. He worked construction most of his life; he was a “Jack of all trades”.

He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Gary enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. He had a great sense of humor and was known as the “family comedian”.

He married Sherri Howerton on July 4, 2003 in Emporia, KS; they later divorced.

Survivors include his 4 children, Michelle Simon, Tosha Wilson and William Wilson all of Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation and Jeremy Howerton of Wichita, KS; 4 sisters, Janis Matchie (Roland) of Holton, KS, Vicki Wilson and Mary Jane Thomas both of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation and Charlene Mae Wilson of Rossville, KS; brother, Robert Wilson, Jr. of Silver Lake, KS; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service was held Monday, July 1, 2024 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial followed at the Delia Cemetery. Family greeted friends Sunday evening at the funeral home. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

(Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Home)