Henry Arthur Wilson, 85, Edwards, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at BothwellRegionalHealthCenter,
after a year long illness.
He was born Oct. 4, 1918,
in Big Piney, a son of Henry and Thursie Elizabeth Edgmond Wilson. On Dec. 11, 1942, in Tuscumbia, he was
married to Elvia Laverne Catron, who survives.
Mr. Wilson lived his early childhood in the Big Piney/Duke area and lived
many years in the Etterville/Eldon area. He served in the Civilian Conservation
Corps and enlisted in the Missouri National Guard. He transferred to the Army
after Pearl Harbor. He served as a forward observer in
the 231st Field Artillery, 6th Armored Division under Gen. George S. Patton, U.S.
3rd Army from Normandy to Berlin.
He was awarded five bronze stars for five major campaigns in the European
Theater of Operations. He reenlisted in 1948 and was awarded three additional
bronze stars for major campaigns in the Korean War. In 1966 ,
he returned to Duke, where he lived for 24 years. In 1990, he moved to the
Edwards area with his wife. They enjoyed many happy retirement years on Lake
of the Ozarks. He was a baptized, Bible believing Christian,
teaching many young friends moral values and the fine art of fishing and
hunting. His political views were conservative. He was a member of Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Civilian Conservation Corps Association, 6th Armored Division
Association, Wild Turkey Federation and National Rifle Association. In 1989, he
decided to donate his body to medical science at the University of
Surviving are his wife of 61 years; a daughter Catherine Joan Wilson; his
siblings, Dorsie A. Wilson, Alpha L. Wilson Reaves, Jack R. Wilson and Bonnie
J. Wilson Hannah; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
He was predeceased by a brother Arlie F. Wilson.
In lieu of a funeral there will be a celebration of life gathering from to
Saturday at MaplewoodChurch,
four miles east of Sedalia on state
Arrangements were under the direction of Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw.
The family suggests memorial contributions be to Benton County Hospice, 1234
Commercial, Warsaw, MO 65355 or American Heart Association, 905 S. Prospect,
Sedalia, MO 65301.