Jan. 17, 1950 –– June 10, 2017
Bruce Rockne “Rocky” Wilson, 67, of Wallowa, a former long-time reporter for the Wallowa County Chieftain, died Saturday, June 10, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.
Rocky was born Jan. 17, 1950, at Oregon City, the son of Donald and Eileen Wilson. He moved with his parents and older sister Christine to Wallowa as a small child when his father became a teacher and coach at Wallowa High School.
He was a 1968 graduate of Wallowa High School, where he was the quarterback of the WHS state champion football team.
Rocky started writing for the Chieftain in high school and returned to the reporter’s desk more than once during his life, retiring from the Chieftain for good two years ago. During his eventful life, among other adventures, he was also a student at Humbolt State University, owned and published a two-county newspaper in Condon, Ore., traveled as part of a Christian acting troupe, was a landscaper in Hawaii, reported for the Spokane Journal of Business and worked as a Spokane taxi driver.
Outside of his journalism career, Rocky was a prolific writer, the author of three novels and two nonfiction books, including his autobiography. He enjoyed the theater, and locally starred in “Damn Yankees” many years ago, as well as acting in a more recent production of MidValley Theatre Company.
He was a dedicated Christian and a member of the Enterprise Christian Church.
Rocky is survived by his wife, Megan Wilson of Wallowa; son, Christopher Williams of Spokane; sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Mike Chandler of Gig Harbor, Wash.; niece Becky King and nephews Seth and Adam King; and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held later this summer.