George Wilson Jr. Obituary

George Allison Wilson  Jr.
George A. Wilson Jr.
George Allison Wilson Jr.

November 2, 1924 - May 3, 2013
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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George Allison Wilson, Jr., 88, died Friday, May 3, 2013 in Des Moines.

George was born in Des Moines to former Governor and US Senator George A. and Mildred (Zehner) Wilson. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended college at George Washington University. At age 18, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a tank platoon commander in the European Theatre during World War II where he was awarded a Bronze Star for commanding his tank into hostile enemy fire. He married Emogene "Genie" Simmons, in 1947. Shortly after graduating from Drake Law School in 1951, he was recalled to active duty for service during the Korean War.

George started his professional lobbying career before the Iowa General Assembly in 1954, representing clients until his retirement in 2002. When he was not sitting on "his" bench at the Capitol he was always happy in a duck blind with a pipe in his hand and a golden retriever at his side.
He is survived by Genie, his wife of 65 years, his two children, Allison (Jim) Fleming and George (Jean) Wilson, III. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Jennifer (Marty) Smith, Christine (John) Halbrook, Ellen (Colin) Powers, George "Skip" Wilson, IV, and Hunter Wilson, and 4 great-grandchildren. His grandchildren lovingly referred to him as Ahpie.

A memorial service will be held St. Luke's Episcopal Church (3424 Forest Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311) at 2 PM on May 23, 2013. Memorial gifts may be given to St. Luke's or to the Great Outdoors Foundation (Polk County Conservation) for the enhancement of Jester Park.

ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES FUNERAL HOMES - DUNN'S CHAPEL.

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3424 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Thursday, May 23, 2013
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3424 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311