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Joseph "Art" Wilson

Oct 06, 2017

October 20, 1939 - October 4, 2017

Joseph "Art" Wilson, 77, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, died on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the Henry County Health Center.


Visitation will be Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Olson~Powell Memorial Chapel from 12:00-6:00 p.m. with family present from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Olson~Powell Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jerry Phillips officiating. Following the service cremation will be accorded. Memorials have been established in his name for the American Red Cross and St. Jude Children's Hospital. On-line condolences may be directed to


Born October 20, 1939, in Mt. Pleasant, Art was the son of Joseph Jonathon and Arlene E. (Crabb) Wilson.  He attended Mt. Pleasant High School with the class of 1957 attaining his GED in 1981. On May 14, 1957 he married Dorothy Coakley at the Church of the Nazarene in Mt. Pleasant, and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.


Art served in the U.S. Navy and then worked for JI Case as a fork lift driver for almost 30 years. During his tenure he also served as an auxillary police officer in Mt. Pleasant for 10 years. In 1994, he turned one of his life-long passions - driving - into a retirement career by working as the driver coordinator at Shottenkirk in Mt. Pleasant.


His favorite pastimes included the outdoors (especially fishing on his boat) and cheering on the local sports teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Green Bay Packers, and LA Dodgers and Lakers. Mr. Wilson was a beloved coach for girls' recreational softball teams from 1978 to 1990 and enjoyed league bowling, once winning a regional tournament with one of his granddaughters in a father-daughter league.


Along with his wife, Dorothy, Art is survived by one son, Jody (Sheryl) Wilson of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Lori (Tom) Witte of Debary, Fla., and Julie Wilson of Mt. Pleasant; six grandchildren, Mike (Lexie) Wilson, Josh (Amanda) Wilson, Amber (Joe) Vitelli, Brandi (Jeff Ecker) Lessner, Megan (Ralph) Eland, and Mat (Tiffany) Wilson; eleven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Vicki) Wilson of Mt. Pleasant, and Butch (Lila) Wilson of Swedesburg; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.


His parents and one sister, Joann Hand, preceded him in death.

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