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Ray Wilson, 96, Webster City

July 30, 2013
The Daily Freeman Journal

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.



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