William George Wilson, age 82 passed away on November 9, 2013 at Agrace Hospice in Madison after a long battle with life.
Born in Racine on November 30, 1930, Bill was the son of Frank and Ruth Van Peterson Wilson. He graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine in 1949, attended the UW Extension and then transferred to UW Madison. Along with a number of his Racine classmates, Bill was drafted just before his senior year. As a member of Company 19 of the Army Signal Corps, he spent two years installing telephone communications in the Underground Pentagon. Returning to Madison, he graduated with the class of 1955. Bill was then employed as a salesman by Scientific Products, the hospital laboratory arm of the American Hospital Supply Corporation and moved to Wichita, KS to begin his career. He was transferred to Kansas City, KSÍ¾ Deerfield, ILÍ¾ and then back to Madison until his retirement 32 years later. Bill enjoyed his job and his customers, many of whom became lifelong friends.
His family and friends will remember his passion for debate, his sense of humor and determined perseverance when life presented him with physical and mental challenges. He was proud of the time he gave to his country, proud of the accomplishments of his son and daughter, and proud of the fine people his grandchildren are becoming.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Eloise of 55 yearsÍ¾ son, Bruce Wilson (Julie Guess)Í¾ daughter, Kristen Halverson (John Lockwood)Í¾ grandchildren, Kirby, Cameron and Haley HalversonÍ¾ nieces and nephews, Gretchen Kling (Michael), William Litscher (Barbara), Kurt Litscher (Janet), Patricia LitscherÍ¾ cousin, Carol Ballentine, and his devoted dog Lizzie. He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant daughter, Jill Ann, and his sister Ruth and brotherinlaw Bruce Litscher.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held on November 23, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Waunakee, located at 5763 Cty. Hwy. Q. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. There will be a reception following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Agrace HospiceCare or the Dane County Humane Society. Please share your memories at www.CressFuneralService.com.
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