Hillis Ray Wilson died of cancer at Southfield Wellness Community, Webster City, IA on July 27, 2013 at the age of 96. Ray was born on April 20, 1917 in Garrison, IA. He attended and graduated from Ferguson High School, Ferguson, IA in 1935. Ray married Ruth Elizabeth Crossthwaite on October 2, 1938 in Whitefish, Montana. They lived in Marshalltown, Des Moines, and Boone, IA before moving to Webster City. He lived in Webster City for 68 years. Ray worked for many years as a meat cutter in Webster City. He later bought his own store called "Ray's Corner Market" and ran this business for 10 years. He then worked for the Associated Grocers of Iowa for 10 years before retiring. He also helped set up the meat program for Food 4 Less stores. He severed on the Hamilton County Fair Board, Webster City Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Elk's Lodge and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He also helped set up Brass Armadillo franchises in several cities. When he was younger, he loved to play baseball and later was an avid bowler and golfer. He was a regular with the CML (Cheap-Mean-Liars) Coffee Club that met five days a week for many years.
With love and fond remembrance we say good-bye to H. Ray Wilson, a dedicated and caring husband, father, son, brother and friend. His strength of character and sense of humor will be missed by the friends and family he leaves behind. Ray never met a stranger and always had a joke or story to tell. His life was filled with hard work in which he took great pride. He genuinely appreciated the blessings of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hillis and Lydia Wilson, and his loving and cherished wife of 65 years, Ruth. Also preceding him in death was a sister, Jane Vavra and two grandsons, John Wilson and Chris Coleman.
He is survived by children, Richard (Sally) Wilson of Ames, IA, Judy (Dale) Caquelin of Webster City, IA, Josie (Bob Campbell of Fort Dodge, IA, and Steve (Martha) Wilson of Ames, IA. Surviving siblings are Wendell (Doris) Wilson of Sweet Home, OR, and Theo Cormaney of Waterloo, IA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special friend, Dolores Schaa of Webster City.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Israel Family Hospice House, 400 South Dakota Ave., Ames, IA 50014. Cards may also be sent to the family via Richard Wilson, 606 Doyle Ave., Ames, IA 50014.