Funeral services for Mr. Raymond Wilson, 98 of Spencer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Mike Huebner will officiate the service.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the services at the church.
Interment will take place at Garfield Cemetery in Webb. A military flag presentation will be held at the church following the services.
Mr. Wilson passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.
Raymond Virgil Wilson, the son of Claude and Blanche (Rusk) Wilson, was born July 23, 1912, in Dickens, Ia. His childhood years were spent in rural Spencer, where he received his education at a country school. His family later moved to the Gillett Grove area, where he graduated from Gillett Grove High School. Following his schooling, he began farming with his father. In 1942, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Army during WWII, until his honorable discharge in 1945, when he moved back to Clay County and continued farming, until his retirement.
Ray married Ervine Chestelson on Nov. 19, 1983, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Webb, Ia. Following their wedding, they continued to live in rural Webb. They moved to Spencer in 1989, and became members of Christ The King Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold Wilson; a sister, Margaret Wilson; a great-granddaughter, Jennifer Meree Scanlon; and his wife, Ervine on Feb. 3, 2010.
Left to cherish his memory are his stepson, Julian B. Chestelson and his wife, Sheila of Dallas Center, Ia.; his grandchildren: Brian Chestelson of Des Moines, Ia., and Jon and Amy (Chestelson) Scanlon of Urbandale, Ia.; other relatives and friends.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.