Long-time Wellington High School Jerry Wilson passed away May 11th at the age of 87.  He was precede in death by his wife, Donna Kathryn Wilson,  who passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, seven days before her 79th birthday.   
Jerry Wilson was inducted into the Wellington High School Wall of Recognition in May of 2013.  The following was written in the Wellington Daily News on May 2nd, 2013.
Mr. Wilson was born in 1930 and grew up in Wellington during the Great Depression and WW II era. His mother was a single parent during this difficult time raising him and his three siblings. Mr. Wilson was a student leader and three sport letterman while at Wellington High School. He also played on Wellington’s first, and to date, only basketball state championship team in 1947.
After four years of service to his country Mr. Wilson enrolled at Butler County Community where played both football and basketball. In 1953 his basketball team won the National Junior College Championship. During the summers Mr. Wilson also played semi-pro baseball.
In the fall of 1955 Mr. Wilson enrolled at Wichita State and played baseball for the Shockers for two years. He graduated from WSU in 1958 and in 1966 earned his Masters Degree from WSU.
Mr. Wilson’s early teaching and coaching career started at Edna, followed by stints at Harper and Caldwell before returning to Wellington in 1970 for the last 22 years of his career.
During Mr. Wilson’s 22 years of dedicated service to the Wellington school district he was a social studies and physical education teacher at the Jr. High School. He also taught Driver Education in the summers. Mr. Wilson also became better known as Coach Wilson. Coach Wilson coached football, basketball and track both at the junior high and high school. He served as an assistant coach and a head coach filling in wherever he was needed. Two highlights of his coaching career were the two stints when he was the head high school boy’s basketball coach and an assistant football coach on the 1982 state championship team.
After retirement as a teacher Coach Wilson continued to coach and served on the Wellington BOE. He was instrumental in getting the bond issue passed for the construction of the new high school and remodeling the old high school to become the new middle school.
It could be said Coach Wilson’s success lies in the legacy of his high standards and expectations of respect, fairness, impeccable behavior and effort that he not only exemplified but expected from and instilled in his students and athletes. Many of his former students and athlete will agree that no other teacher had a greater influence on their lives.
Coach Wilson was a mentor to a number of teachers and coaches who he either had as a student or were one of his co-workers. These people are still passing down the lessons that they have learned for Coach Wilson to the young people in Wellington today.
The following people contributed to this article with their remembrances of Coach Wilson.
Josh Darby Class of ‘93
I wanted to share a memory of Coach Wilson. I have many to choose from, but this one stands out. In 1990, after my freshman year we were required take a few weeks in the summer for driver’s ed to work on skills we had learned in the classroom. I was paired with a kid that had clearly driven before.
On this particular day we were going to work on passing out on Highway 81 with a couple of gals in another car. I had just completed my round of passing, and was putting my seatbelt on in the back seat. Coach Wilson was in the front with my partner. As we start out on the highway, my partner is driving very casually with one hand on the wheel. No more than 5 seconds pass, when I hear Coach Wilson say..”(Person’s last name), this is not your grandma’s car, we put both hands on the wheel!” If you knew Coach..it was in his classic voice, that showed both love and “clean your act up or else”. RIP Coach Wilson, you will be missed!
Traci McLaughlin
One thing I admired so much about Jerry Wilson was his love for his family and his loyalty for his friends. He rarely missed one of his grandkids games. He loved going to Caldwell to watch them games.
One of my favorite memories was when I lived at the manor. I decided to put on a small firework show for the people living there and family. Jerry Wilson the day before went and bought me a Ice cream maker that I use to this day. He said to me ‘Traci, make ice cream, too, we have to have homemade ice cream with fireworks.’ So, that's what we did.
Every time I use that ice cream maker, here on out, its just gonna be that much sweeter.
Tom Starkey
I went to Las Vegas with several Wellington fellows years ago. I had to leave a couple days ahead of the others, Jerry and I ate lunch and he walked me down to meet the Riviera Hotel's limo for the ride to the airport. Just as we were walking through the casino, I felt a $1 slot toke in my pocket. Jerry patted a slot machine and said "put it in here". I pulled the lever and hit $100! Jerry got a bigger kick out of it than I did, even though it met that now I was going home with $120.00 instead of just $20. He would always remind me of the incident over the years. Coming home from work Friday afternoon as I passed the manor (where I thought he still resided) I thought about asking him if he was ready to go back to LVN. A truly great friend whom I was fortunate to know. He always asked about my kids, an indication of how he cared for area youth that he had such an impact on. RIP Jerry.
Rhonda Newberry
Coach Wilson was a force to be reckoned with. He was passionate about coaching and teaching. He had a very strict code and he could be extremely intimidating at times, yet it was all a facade, as he was a very caring man with a big ole heart. He treated me with kindness and was always looking out for my best interest. He will be missed. Rest easy Coach.
Mary Ellen Cornejo-Clark
They broke the mold...
We are all very fortunate to have known such a wonderful man who cared like a father and was there to guide Wellington youth to be the best they can be. A true friend and excellent role model. Loved that man.
John Funderburk
A true one-of-a-kind man. If all people could have been party to Mr. Wilson's teachings the world would be a better place.
Kenny Welch
Coach Wilson and my dad had been friends for years.  They worked together when my dad was a custodian at the high school and then at Roosevelt.  When my dad passed away, Mr. Wilson agreed to be one of my pall bearers for my dad.  He told me what a great dad I had and said he always thought he was a great guy.
John Brand
Coach Wilson means so much more than Sports.  He was truly an exceptional coach but even better at teaching you life lessons.  Respect is the word I think of when I think of Coach.  Not just respect for him but he taught you to respect yourself and everyone around you.  I met Coach as a 7th grader.  My Dad died that year and I wasn’t on the best path.  He looked out for me and made sure I understood in his words ‘I wasn’t King Kong but was acting like a circus monkey’. I learned so much from Coach and am forever indebted.
Sean Myers
I remember that he always had a way to get the best out of you. Whether you were thought to the the best athlete, or not. And his praise was genuine, whether in P.E. Or Current Events Class. He was tough, but he was always fair. He was great to talk to the 10 to 15 times I had the chance run in with in after graduation.