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In Memory of Barbour "Byrd" Wilson

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday June 20, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016


11:00 am
Tuesday June 21, 2022
Willow River Cemetery

Hudson WI, 54016

B. Byrd Wilson died Wednesday; June 8, 2022 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson just short of his 90th birthday.


He was born in June to Aubrey and Juanita (Parker) Wilson in Victoria, Virginia.  In his junior year in high school the family moved to Florida.  After graduation from Delray Beach High School he continued his education at the University of Virginia graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. While at UVA he developed his interest in photography by taking pictures at college events and selling them.  This experience led him to his assignment of taking pictures for the government in his short stint with the military.


Photography was one of his great interests throughout his life.

His career took him from Parlin, New Jersey working for Dupont to Rochester, New York for Dynacolor. He became a 3M employee when Dynacolor was acquired by 3M. He held various assignments at the Rochester  plant eventually  becoming plant manager. One of his assignments was to help another acquisition, film company, Ferrania, assimilate. While living in Italy he developed a passion for Italian cars.  Car shows and Grand Prix races were high on his agenda. The purchase of a Ferrari before coming home began his extensive car collection.  He had a talent for working with anything mechanical.


In 1981 he was transferred by 3M to head quarters in St. Paul when he was appointed manager of the photographic process systems application retiring in 1994.


He was a true gentleman with southern manners who will always be remembered for his caring, kindness. and gentleness, always ready to help those in need.


Byrd will remain in the hearts of his beloved wife of 58 years, Dorothy, and son, David.


A gathering will take place in Byrd’s honor at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wisconsin from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, June 20th.  Burial will take place at the Willow River Cemetery on Tuesday, June 21st at 11.00 a.m.


The family is grateful for the outstanding care given in his final days by the CCH staff and Lakeview Hospice.

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    • I have fond memories of Byrd volunteering at the Historical Society. Always ready to lend a helping hand and a friendly smile. I especially remember all his help with the beautiful tea events, and he could often be found helping in the museum gardens.

    • To the Byrd family, I had the pleasure of working with Byrd during his time in Div. Engineering and purchasing the photographic processing equipment for the various plants.
      He was a good man and I enjoyed working with him and his group.
      Byrd, thank you for your service to our country and RIP.
      Fred Banholzer, 3M Retired Sourcing Manager, Vietnam Veteran-USN