For the Kokomo Tribune
MUNCIE - William H. “Bill” Wilson, 86, Muncie, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Westminster Village. He was born on July 7, 1926, in Muncie, the son of Kenneth and Lillian Wilson. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Bill received a Purple Heart for his service on Iwo Jima.
Bill was a member of Local Union #103 Operating Engineers since 1946, a 50-year member of Delaware Masonic Lodge #46 and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis. He was also a member of First Baptist Church and attended Gethsemane United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his two daughters, Judith Anne Cameron (husband, Richard), Kokomo, and Becky Jo Smith (husband, Ron), Muncie; four grandchildren, Michael R. Cameron, Terre Haute, Amy Jo Quarles, Kokomo, Andrew R. Smith (wife, Karen), Lislie, Ill., and Suzanne M. Batdorff (husband, Dan), Ossian; eight great-grandchildren, Hailey Quarles, Megan Quarles, Liam Smith, Cassidy Smith, Declan Smith, Keagan Smith, Emma Batdorff and Morgan Batdorff; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Emmajean Schooley (husband, Jim), Mooresville; a half brother, Ray Stafford of Palatine, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Wilson, Pensacola, Fla., and Jo Ann Boltz, Muncie. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and his dog, Tugger.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marjorie L. “Dixie” Wilson in 2011; his parents; and a brother, Kenneth Wilson Jr.
Services will be at noon Monday at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel with Pastor Kevin Holt officiating. Entombment will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, north of Muncie with Military Rites by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Veterans of Delaware County. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon Monday at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Cancer Services of East Central Indiana (Little Red Door), 2311 W. Jackson St., Muncie, IN 47303. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.