William “Bill or Jr.” Harrison Wilson Jr.
William “Bill or Jr.” Harrison Wilson Jr. passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020., and is now in his Heavenly home and remembered by his family and friends.
William was born in Cassville, Missouri, on October 29, 1935, to Henry Harrison Wilson and Margaret Pearl (Johnson) Wilson. William was the oldest of four children. William attended Cassville High School, where he played baseball and was in multiple school plays.
After high school he served in the United States Army from 1958-1962, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class E-7. During this time, he met Geraldine at a local roller rink in Monett, Missouri. He married Geraldine Laneta (Bachman) of St Louis, Missouri April 9, 1961. She preceded him home in 2000; dad and mom are together again.
After his discharge from the Army in 1962 William accepted a position as an Agriculture Engineer Technician for the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) in Columbia, Missouri. He continued his military career in the National Guard until 1992. William retired from the USDA in 1993. He also served as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the city of Columbia from 1967-1972.
William was an avid St Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed helping others, no matter the cause.
He is survived by his children: Mike Wilson and wife Shelley of O’Fallon, MO, James Wilson and wife Syndee of Mooresville, NC. William is also survived by his sister Linda Shields of Cassville, MO; as well as 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his bride Geraldine, parents, a brother, and a sister.
Private Memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to “Wounded Warriors Project.” Condolences may be shared online at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.