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October 19, 2017 Louis Roy Wilson
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

1934 - 2017

Louis Roy Wilson died surrounded by his loving family Oct.8, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He lived most of his life in Marion, Wellman and Williamsburg. A funeral mass with full military honors was held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wellman. Burial was in Hopkinton, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Louis Roy Wilson was born April 7, 1934, in Richmond, California, the adopted son of Roy and Martha Wilson. The Wilsons raised Louis on a farm in Delaware County, Iowa. At age 17, he joined the US Marine Corps to serve in the Korean War. During his two years positioned in Korea, he rose to the rank of sergeant, and endured the violent battle for Bunker Hill. Louis returned to Iowa after the war, where he met Sandra Mettler. The two married in November 1954. Their first child was born soon after, and four more would follow. Louis supported his fast-growing family by working as a machinist. As an adult, he remained devoted to his Catholic faith, frequently leading Rosary prayers before Mass. Throughout his life, Louis was a passionate conversationalist, happy to share his thoughts on history, gardening, or politics.

He is survived by his children: Christe Cress, Matthew Wilson, Peggy Gartner, Patti (Steph) Petrak, and Ann (Jay) Smith; grandchildren: Angela (Clint) Whetstine, Chad (Lisa) Wilson, Ryan Wilson, Mickey (Amber) Petrak, Jackie (Liz) Petrak, Sarah (Ian) Exley, Katie (Craig) Vasquez, Cassie (Luke) Smith O’Brien and Jake Smith.

He was preceded in death by wife: Sandra; parents: Roy and Martha Wilson; and brother: Lawrence Wilson.

Powell Funeral Home of Wellman is caring for the family.

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