William K. Wilson, age 92, of Van Horne, IA, died at home surrounded by his loving family on July 6, 2018 following a short illness.
Visitation will be held on July 10, 2018 from 9:00-10:00 at Salem United Methodist Church, Van Horne, followed by the funeral at 10:30. Burial will be at Salem Cemetery after the service with graveside military rites conducted by the Thomas F. Bevins American Legion Post #148 and the United States Navy Funeral Honors.
Billy Keith Wilson was born on June 12, 1926 in Van Horne the son of E. Douglas Wilson and Alice (Herzberger) Wilson. He attended school in Van Horne where he excelled playing basketball and baseball. He graduated in 1943 as the class salutatorian.
Bill joined the U.S. Navy on June 6, 1944 where they changed his name to William. He proudly served for two years and one month during World War II. He was stationed in various places including Norman, Oklahoma; Boca Chica and Key West, Florida; Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia; and Westerly, Rhode Island. He served on the USS Randolph CV-15. One of his greatest joys was attending the dedication of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Bill returned to Van Horne after the service and worked for Jake Krumm Construction as a finish carpenter. He was also a mechanic at the Douglas Wilson Motor Company for many years. Bill finished his career working at the U.S. Post Office in Cedar Rapids where he received many commendations and awards.
On August 29, 1952 Bill was united in marriage to Bonita Brehm at the E.U.B. parsonage at Meservey, Iowa. They were the proud parents of two children.
Bill had many interests throughout his life. He faithfully served his church as treasurer for many years, worked with son Bill’s youth group, and was a founding member of the Salem United Methodist Men’s Group, which was near and dear to his heart. He also served on the Van Horne City Council. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing cards, and attending antique shows and auctions. He completed the crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word jumbles, and crypto-quotes in two newspapers each day. He also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles. He especially loved attending as many of his children and grandchildren’s activities as he could. Bill and Bonita enjoyed spending their retirement years traveling throughout the United States and Canada on many bus tours.
Bill was an extremely talented man. He tore down an old house and used the wood to build a new home for his family. He also built a home for his son and helped complete the basement in his daughter’s home. Woodworking occupied much of Bill’s time as he made furniture for each of his children and grandchildren. He built over 1,700 picture frames.
Those left to honor and cherish Bill’s memory are his loving and devoted wife, Bonita and his children, Julie (Jay) Villont, West Union, IA and William J. (Ronda) Wilson, Iowa City, IA. He was the loving “Papa” to grandchildren: Jordan Tyler (Melissa) Villont, West Salem, WI; Jarrod Keith Villont, Rochester, MN; Justin Robert Villont, Oelwein, IA; Nicole Elizabeth Houck, Cedar Rapids, IA; Olivia Lauren (Gregg) Harder, Omaha, NE; Tanner William Wilson, Iowa City, IA. His pride and joy were great-grandchildren, Maverick William Villont and Madeline Caitlin Harder. His brother, John Wilson, Zionsville, IN as well as sisters- and brothers-in-law, Judy and Don Kuch, Lynda Hachmann, Evelyn and Larry Wiebke, Joe and Marlys Brehm, and many nieces and nephews also survive him.
Bill was preceded in death by his step-father and mother, John and Alice Schadle, and his father and step-mother, Douglas and Maxine Wilson, his in-laws, Herman and Mildred Brehm, granddaughter Caitlin Michelle Houck, sister-in-law, Marilyn Wilson, brother-in-law, Dick Hachmann, and niece, Carol Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Salem United Methodist Men’s Group, Van Horne; the Thomas F. Bevins Legion Post #148, Van Horne; and Salem Cemetery Association, Van Horne.