Wayne Wilson Obituary

Wayne A. Wilson
Wayne A. Wilson
Wayne A. Wilson

September 14, 1915 - January 5, 2008
Born in September 14, 1915
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Wayne A. Wilson, 92, passed away at home on January 5, 2008. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2008 at Miller United Methodist Church. Private burial will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Saturday.

Wayne was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 14, 1915. He graduated from East High School in 1933 and later studied engineering at Iowa State University and New York University. Wayne, a World War II veteran, served in the Army Air Corps. He married his wife, Mary Joy, on December 24, 1936 and together they had two daughters. For 30 years, Wayne served as a fireman and as Superintendent of Maintenance for the Des Moines Fire Department. After retiring in 1970, Wayne sold fire trucks and equipment for American La France and Welch, which he continued throughout 2006. Wayne was an active member of Miller United Methodist Church, serving on a host of groups, boards and councils. He was a proud member of the Pioneer Club and Baldwin-Patterson American Legion Post. A lifelong learner, he loved to read, but also enjoyed fishing, watching baseball, and tinkering with about any kind of gadget. Above all, Wayne loved spending time with his family.

Wayne is survived by his daughters, Mary (Jeff) Benz and Bette (Michael) Prey, both of Des Moines; three grandchildren, Chad (Dawn) Prey of Surfside, FL, Jennifer (Carlos) Medina and Katie Prey, both of Des Moines; three step-grandchildren, John Benz of Chicago, IL and Nicole and Natalie Benz, of Des Moines; and one great-grandchild, Alyssa Medina of Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joy, with whom he shared 68 wonderful years of marriage prior to her death in 2005, his parents, Burt and Alice Wilson, and his brother, John Wilson.

Visitation will be 5-7pm, Thursday, January 10 at Iles Funeral Homes – Grandview Park Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Miller United Methodist Church.


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Miller United Methodist Church
3016 East 13th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Thursday, January 10, 2008
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Miller United Methodist Church
3016 East 13th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50316
Friday, January 11, 2008
5:00 PM