Stillwater News Press

August 13, 2013

Linden Burrus ‘Lindy’ Wilson

Stillwater NewsPress

— Linden Burrus “Lindy” Wilson, 86, died on Aug. 12, 2013, at his home in Stillwater, after a long illness.  Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday in the Palmer Marler Chapel in Stillwater. Interment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Garden, south of Stillwater. Public visitation will be held noon to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Lindy was born Dec. 21, 1926, in Walnut Grove, Mo. He was the son of John Burrus “Buck” Wilson and Sarah Katherine (Combs) Wilson. He grew up in Winslow, Ariz., but due to his father’s military service ended up attending high school in California, Corpus Christi, Texas, Springfield, Mo., and Stillwater where he graduated. He lettered in football and basketball at each of the four schools. Lindy served in both World War II and the Korean War attaining the rank of first lieutenant. His career included management positions with Phillips Petroleum, Chrysler Corp., Swan Rubber and Oklahoma State Department of Vo-Tech, primarily in the role of warehousing.  Lindy finished his college education mid-career with a bachelor’s degree in physics and higher mathematics at Southeast Missouri State University.

He was a longtime member of Stillwater Elks Lodge until age and illness made active membership too difficult.

Lindy was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lenna Wilson, and his stepson, Gary Gallagher of Edmond; four grandchildren, Danielle Keogh and husband  Web,  of Edmond, Trevor Viljoen of Oklahoma City, Derek Viljoen of Edmond, and Stephen Viljoen  and his wife Annie, of Edmond; and cousins Julie Stacy and husband Bill of Springfield, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Judith Karman Hospice in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home, 5106 N. Washington, Stillwater, OK 74075.

Condolences can be sent to the family via an online guestbook at, on Facebook at or at the home, 2402 Countryside Dr., Stillwater, OK 74074