It is with a heavy heart but an understanding smile that we announce the departure of David A. Wilson, who left this earth to embark on his greatest adventure yet on May 21, 2023. Born October 3, 1936, in Bayfield, Wisconsin, David spent his 86 years on this planet following his creative, adventurous, loving, and supportive spirit as he journeyed through life.\n\nDavid was a man of many talents and passions. As a teacher, he shared his love of learning with his students at Chicago teacher before retiring in 1994. He was also a dedicated coach, guiding the Law Competition Team at Bowen High School to victory on numerous occasions. But, oh, the hobbies he had! Skiing, photography, gardening, bridge, cycling, golfing – David was always up for a challenge, and his enthusiasm was infectious. In fact, his love for ice cream was so legendary that we're pretty sure he single-handedly kept the local ice cream parlor in business. David's zest for life was only matched by his commitment to his community, having founded the Frankfort Square Homeowners Association, serving as the first president, and taking on leadership roles in the Frankfort Square Park District and the Rockford Bridge Club. As a man of faith, he also dedicated his time to ministry, serving as a Baptist Minister for three years.\n\nDavid is survived by his children, Deanna (Ken) McBeth, Joe Wilson, Kimberly (Joe) Heimenz, and Keith Wilson; 14 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren; his sister, Ruth Wilson and numerous Nieces and Nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Ruth Wilson; his beloved wife, Nancy Wilson; and his siblings, Eunice Strunk, Barbara Emery, and James Wilson. \n\nThough we'll dearly miss David's effervescent presence, we know that he's likely leading a heavenly bridge tournament or enjoying a scoop of celestial ice cream as we speak. \n\nCremation Rites to be Accorded. \n\nPlease take a moment to share your favorite memories and upload any cherished photos of David to his memorial page, so that we may continue to celebrate his inspiring legacy.