David C. Wilson, 82, of Preston, died Saturday evening, March 16, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born June 2, 1930, in Wadena, Iowa, the son of Arthur and Mabel (Anderson) Wilson. The family returned to southeastern Minnesota where he was a 1948 graduate of Mabel High School. Following graduation he worked for the Milwaukee Road Railroad as a relief agent.

He married Vivian Vatland on Aug. 4, 1950, in Mabel. The couple lived in the Preston area. He served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954 with the signal corps in Korea. When he returned from Korea he was employed as a station agent in Harmony, later in Preston and retired as a station agent in Spring Valley in 1978. The couple began farming in 1956 in Preston Township.

Vivian died June 28, 1974. On Nov. 20, 1976, he married Rita Gartner in Preston where the couple made their home.

He was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. He was a Preston Township officer for 50 plus years, a charter member of the Fillmore County Pork Producers and was a member and officer of the Preston American Legion and VFW, currently serving as chaplain. He also helped establish the Preston Serviceman's Club Scholarship Fund. He and his wife, Rita, made several mission trips to Nicaragua with Interfaith Services to Latin America.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; one son, Scott of Preston; daughter, Barb (Bruce) Dornink of Preston; two grandsons, Mark Dornink of Spring Valley and Dan Dornink of Harmony; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, March 21, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial, with military graveside rites, will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Preston.

Friends may call at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston, 5 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday and at the church on Thursday an hour before the service.

Online condolences can be left at thauwaldfuneralhomes.com.