William F. “Bill” Wilson passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2022,
at the Red Bud Village in Plainville, Kansas, at the age of 96. He was
born on March 23, 1926, in Salyards, Kansas, to Virgil and Ethel (Snyder)
Wilson. Bill was united in marriage to Eleanora (Meredith) Wilson on
March 18, 1949, in Plainville at the United Methodist Church. To this
union the couple was blessed with two children: Rick and Susan.
grew up on the family farm in Gorham, Kansas. He was drafted into the
United States Army Air Corps (that later became the US Air Force) as a
senior in high school in 1944 and earned an Honorable Diploma. Bill was
honorably discharged on July 4, 1946 and returned to the family farm in
Gorham until he found work in the oil field. Eleanora Meredith danced
into Bill’s life in 1949 at a local jig and the couple was married that
same year. In 1955 they moved to Plainville where Bill worked for an
auto supply company and farmed. He was a true outdoorsman; he lived to
hunt, camp and absolutely loved fishing. Following Eleanora and his
retirement, they enjoyed traveling around in their RV camping with
friends and having big cookouts. He was a faithful member to the Masonic
Lodge for 70 years, the Plainville Fire Department, American Legion and
Bill was a hardworking, loving, and
dedicated family man. He loved what he did and did what he loved.
Although he will be greatly missed, his life, his love, and his legacy
will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.
is survived by his children, Rick Wilson (Armaine De-Vela) of Manhattan
Beach, CA, and Susan (David) Holt of Iron Station, NC; grandchildren,
Briana (Adam) Johnson, Devin Holt, Sean Holt; and two
great-grandchildren, Ben and Sammy Johnson.
Bill is preceded in death by his father, Virgil Wilson; mother and step-father, Ethel (RJ) Duren; and wife, Eleanora Wilson.
Services are pending.
are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project, Plainville Fire
Department, or the United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of
Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 320 SW 2nd St., Plainville, KS 67663.