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Donald E. Wilson


Posted By: Stacy Bliesener (email)
Date: 12/8/2014 at 09:40:41

Donald E. Wilson, 86, of Burlington, died at 4:00 PM Thursday, September 25, 2014, at his home.

Born June 14, 1928, in Burlington, he was the son of Garold D. and Marguerite Freehill Wilson. On October 18, 1952, he married Dorothy J. Neff in Burlington.

Don's first job was with Central Lumber for three months, he then went on to work at Wholesale Distributors for 45 years. After retirement Don became involved at SEIA Community Action. He also drove the YMCA-YWCA bus part time.

He was a 1949 graduate of St. Paul's School.

He was a U.S. Veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1950 until 1952 .

He was a member of the SS. John and Paul Catholic Church. He volunteered at softball games at Notre Dame for 29 years, girls' softball being his favorite. He also called Bingo for Notre Dame. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 568. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports on TV, he especially enjoyed football, baseball and basketball. His favorite sports teams were the Bears, the Cubs, Hawkeyes and the SCC Blackhawks.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three daughters, Linda (Mike) Vorwerk of Hamilton, NJ, Sharon (Tony) Stuart of New London, IA, and Lori Warner of Charlotte, NC; two sons, Daniel Wilson of Burlington, and Bruce (Sherry) Wilson of Goldsboro, NC; 14 wonderful grandchildren, and seven beautiful great-grandchildren and one son-in-law, Andy Prawitz of St. Joseph, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Deborah Derby and Ann Marie Prawitz, two brothers, John and Dean, and one sister, Doris Anderson.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Wilson will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, West Burlington with full military honors rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. A time of food and fellowship will be held in St. John's Cafeteria following the burial.

A memorial has been established for Alzheimer's Association.


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