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Curtis Glenn Wilson

Curtis Glenn Wilson, son of Bert & Bessie (House) Wilson, was born March 3, 1929 in Allendale, MO and was the last of 10 kids. Curt served his country as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952. He was stationed in Marysville, CA for one year before transferring to Alaska where he finished his duty. Curt was honorably discharged from the army in 1952.  On December 30, 1955, he married Donna Jean (Roush) at her parent’s house in Gravity, IA.  Their first home  was a small farm near the Iowa-Missouri state line.  In 1956 Douglas Glenn, the first of three children, was born.  A daughter, Diane Lynne followed 15 months later.  In 1960 with the birth of David Dean, the family moved to a stock farm in Maloy, IA.  The family spent 24 years on the Maloy farm, a place Curt loved.  With 600 acres of land and 200 head of cattle, there was always plenty to do on the Wilson farm.  Diane was kept busy helping Donna in the kitchen, while Doug & Dave quickly learned to throw and cut calves under the supervision of Curt.  He often said, “he enjoyed farming because even if you didn’t get a good crop, you could always depend on beef.” Curt was always fast to lend a helping hand to others.  Living alongside a dirt road, often times in the winter, cars were stranded in the ditch beside the Wilson farm but they weren’t stranded long.  Curt quickly pulled them back on to the road so they could be on their way toward their destination.  In 1983. with the economic struggles of farming and the kids no longer in the house, Curt and Donna moved from Maloy to Creston, IA.  It was there that Curt slowed down and Donna worked as an Avon representative.  On nights when Donna was out delivering Avon, Curt was flooded by phone calls, most of them Avon customers.  Curt was famous for silencing those phone calls by unhooking the telephone.  During retirement Curt spent the majority of his leisure time in one of three places; his garden, in a lawn chair watching his six grandchildren at sporting events or in his garage making wood crafts.  Many weekends he and Donna would load up the car with his handiwork to sell at craft shows in several different counties. Many friends and family members’ homes are decorated with his crafts to be treasured forever.  With such a musical family, Curt and Donna were also kept busy following various family members’ country bands. Dave played drums for the Citizen’s Band and Nitelife. Doug played bass for the Family Affair and Cross Country.  Curt and Donna weren’t shy about getting out on the dance floor and were often complimented on their dancing by other couples and spectators.  Curt was patient, hard working and compassionate man who always had time for his family and friends.  He will be missed dearly by his family and all who knew him.  Curtis Glenn Wilson, 79 years, nine months and 23 days, went to be with the Lord the morning of December 26, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert & Bessie Wilson; four brothers, Geiger, Sanford, Billy and Marvis and brothers-in-laws, Bob Rinehart, Ancil Shipley, Earl Hass and Virgil Howie.  Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Donna of Creston; son, Doug Wilson and special friend, Lisa Moore of Creston, IA; daughter Diane and husband, Greg Drake of Mount Ayr; son Dave and wife Sandy Wilson of Stanton, IA; grandchildren, Kyle Wilson of Ozark, MO; Korey Wilson of Creston, IA; Chandra Drake and fiance Justin Cole of Creston, IA; Drew & Brett Wilson of Stanton; five sisters, Mildred Rinehart of Mount Ayr; Lora Shipley of Grant City, MO; Beulah Deeken of St. Joseph, MO; Margaret Burnett of Holden, IA and Jean Howie of Mount Ayr, IA and many other family and friends.  Services were conducted at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong funeral home in Mount Ayr on Monday, December 29, 2008, with Rev. Eydie Stephens officiating.

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