Son, Wilferd Denver “Dink”, 94, went home to the Lord on April 16, 2021.
Born on June 11, 1926, in Caldwell County, to the late Gilbert and Gladys (Dorris) Son, he married his childhood sweetheart, Mildred Jean Baker, on June 30, 1945, and enjoyed 71 years of a loving and happy marriage until her death in 2016.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was stationed primarily in Italy where he supervised a POW construction team and was selected for participation in an Honor Guard that traveled throughout that country.
Because his education was frequently interrupted by his parents’ need for him to work on the family farm, he was determined to provide greater opportunities for his own children. To that end, after his discharge from the military and limited success farming, he worked to better himself by training to become an electrician. In 1952, he accepted a position as a lineman with Southern Bell, a company he believed would offer opportunities for advancement. His strong work ethic and ambition were rewarded as he rose through the ranks to end his career with a position on the Kentucky state engineering staff of BellSouth.
He was an avid bowler who enjoyed both the exercise and the camaraderie of bowling with a team. He bowled regularly in leagues until he was nearly 90, and for years he belonged to a successful traveling tournament team. He was proud and humbled to be elected to membership in the Greater Louisville Bowling Association Hall of Fame, and one of his most prized possessions was the watch he was awarded for bowling a perfect game. At home he relaxed with the quieter activities of putting together large jigsaw puzzles, playing solitaire, and tending his vegetable garden.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Deryl, Garrett, and Roy Gayle Son; and his son, Michael Son.
He is survived by his daughters Beverley Grippa (Mark) and Sherri Young (Andy); grandsons Eric Grippa (Tina), Allen Grippa (Sylvia), and Danny Son (Brandi); granddaughters Julie Rowland (Ray) and Melissa Young; 11 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
A private visitation for his descendants and his sisters-in-law will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Morgan’s Funeral Home, Princeton. A procession to Cedar Hill Cemetery for a graveside service will depart from Morgan’s at 1 p.m. CDT. All friends and family are welcome at this service.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to the UK Markey Cancer Foundation, PO Box 1312, Lexington, KY 40588.