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“I have known Bill for a long time. He was a brother to my very best friend, Bob, and we often got together. When I was in the area I used to call...Read More »
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William DuVall Wilson age 87, of Blakesburg, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, under the care of Care Initiatives Hospice, at his home in Blakesburg.

Bill was born July 19, 1927, to William U. and Opal (DuVall) Wilson, on the family farm in Monroe County. He attended and graduated from Moravia High School, class of 1944. On March 9, 1947, Bill married Freda Wood and to this union a son, Jim was born. They shared 67 years on marriage before Bill's passing.

He farmed in his younger years and later worked at John Deere in Ottumwa, retiring in 1989. Bill was very active in the Blakesburg Community, where he drove a school bus and served on the School Board and Corn Carnival Committees. Bill was a past member of the Lions club.

He enjoyed reading, watching NASCAR races, playing cards and bingo. Bill's real love was spending time with family and friends. He never know a stranger and loved to visit and tell jokes.

Bill is survived by his wife, Freda Wilson; a son, Jim (Debbie) Wilson; and a grandson, Jake Wilson all of Blakesburg. He is also survived by a brother, Jack Wilson of Moravia; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.U. and Opal; and his brother, Bob Wilson.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held from 1 until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Blakesburg. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church in Blakesburg or to Care Initiatives Hospice of Albia.