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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 22, 2002

OBITUARY ~ MARVIS JAY "BUD" WILSON

Marvis Jay WILSON was born on November 24, 1923 near Allendale, Missouri, the eighth child of Bert and Bessie WILSON. Most of his friends in Allendale knew him as "Barney," while his friends in Iowa knew him as "Bud." He attended country school through the eighth grade, growing up a simple country boy. He remained a simple country boy for life.

Bud's boyhood was spent helping his father on the family farm in Worth County, Missouri, closest to the town of Allendale. At the age of 19 he was called to serve his country. He spent two years of active duty in the Philippine Islands and in Japan, receiving several combat decorations, including the Purple Heart. He remained a deeply patriotic man all of his life.

After his military service, Bud returned to the Midwest and married Margaret Louise DANIELSON in 1948. This union was blessed with three children, Sharon Elaine, Alan Jay and Brent Lloyd, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Bud spent life farming in various parts of Missouri and Iowa the majority of which was in Ringgold County near Mount Ayr.

Bud's greatest passions in life were his children and grandchildren, music, fishing, observing wildlife in all its forms and soil conservation. He had a strong belief that man was just a steward of the land. He often commented on how well another farmer treated his land and voiced his concern and sadness when he saw the land being mistreated. He worried about the future of generations to come, if the land is not cared for by those using it in the present.

Bud had a love of music that he shared with many people across southern Iowa. He formed his own group, The Citizens Band, and participated until his health no longer allowed him to do so.

Bud was well known and respected for his honesty. He was a man of strong character and integrity. He had a very unique sense of humor, enjoyed a good laugh and loved to play practical jokes. In the autumn of his life, as he slowed with age, his pleasure in his garden, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren became more and more pronounced.

Bud's relationship with children was unparalleled. They seemed to adore him on sight, and they idolized him and vied for his attention. As they became older, and the relationships matured, they respected and admired him with the same fervor they displayed as children.

Anyone whose life was touched by Bud felt truly privileged and will never forget him. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

Bud was a member of the RLDS church in Allendale, Missouri and the American Legion Post #172 in Mount Ayr.

Mr. WILSON was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Geiger, Sanford and William. He is survived by his wife Margaret, of the home; daughter Sharon SMITH of Des Moines; son Alan and wife Diana of New Virginia, Iowa; son Brent and wife Pamela of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren Angela, Ryan, Jessica, Jody and Alexandra; great-grandchildren Allison, Evan, Stephanie and Justin; one brother Curtis WILSON (wife Donna) of Creston, Iowa; five sisters, Jean HOWIE (husband Virgil) of Mount Ayr, Beulah DEEKEN (husband Lawrence) of Saint Joseph, Missouri, Lora SHIPLEY of Grant City, Missouri, Margaret BURNETT of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mildred RINEHART of Mount Ayr; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services were held Friday, August 16, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Reverend Diane HOLLAND officiating. Vocalists were Margaret BICKERS and Mary TRULLINGER.

Honorary pallbearers were Chris DANIELSON, Steve SMITH, Jody WILSON, Ryan SMITH, Bill BOORD, Steve SNOW, Pat WILSON, Jim STALCUP, Craig STALCUP and Lawrence DEEKEN.

Bud was laid to rest at the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Ringgold county, Iowa.

Submission by Ann Wyer, April of 2012

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