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William E. Wilson

Our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on March 20, 2011.

Bill was born October 5, 1919, in Ash Creek, S.D., to W.J. and Mary Wilson. He grew up on a dairy farm in South Dakota and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1935-36. He worked as a ranch hand in Wyoming and was an extra in the movie "Bad Man of Wyoming" filmed in Jackson Hole in 1940. He had to buy a pair of boots and rent a horse for five dollars a week and he played both an Indian and a cowboy.

He volunteered for the draft in 1941 and was in the168th Infantry Medical Detachment. He was wounded in Algiers, North Africa, in 1942, and awarded the Purple Heart by Dwight D. Eisenhower. After hospitalization in England, he returned to duty in northern France and received an honorable discharge in 1946.

Bill worked at Mt. Ranier Army Depot and TAD for 30 years.

He married Noreen (Peg) Walsh on May 3, 1952.

He is survived by his wife and children, Maureen Slusher (Lee), Mary Pannunzio (Hank), Mike Wilson (Maria), Michele McNichol (Paul), and Marna Roguschka; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathleen; sisters-in-law, Patricia, Audra and Tiny; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Mary, Jim, Frank, Joe and Kenny.

We will treasure our memories of his sense of humor, backyard barbecues, fishing trips and that "Hail Mary" dirt that anything would grow in. He gave freely of his love and his time. Let's see - five kids times how many houses and yards?!

Rosary and Requiem Mass was held Saturday, March 26, at St. Marguerite's Catholic Church in Tooele.