Clyde "Cotton" Wilson Jr., 86, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 28, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Feb. 9, 1922, near Tamms, Ill., son of Clyde and Mary E. (Miles) Wilson. He and Jo Ann Caldwell were married June 23, 1951, in Cape Girardeau.
Wilson was raised by his grandmother, Mary Miles, in McClure, Ill. He graduated from McClure High School in 1939 and attended Southern Illinois University before World War II.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Sept. 15, 1942, to May 1, 1946, specializing in radar. After service he attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in February 1949. He obtained his professional engineer license from both Illinois and Missouri.
Wilson worked for Emerson Electric in St. Louis, Wichita, Kan., and Florida before working in Cape Girardeau with Missouri Utilities Co. He retired in January 1984 as vice president of electrical operations after 31 years. Wilson later worked part time for Delta Engineering as a consultant.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Wilson was active in sports, coaching many Khoury League baseball teams in McClure during the 1960s. He was an avid golfer.
Wilson was past president of Toastmasters Club, past president of Breakfast Optimist Club, past president of Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Southeast Chapter and past president of Cape Engineering Club. As a member of Cape Jaycees and Cape Chamber of Commerce, he was instrumental in building the Cape Jaycee Golf Course. Wilson was a member of the Cape Girardeau Country Club and served on the board of directors. He was a member of SEMO Seniors Golf Assoc.
Loving survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Wilson of Cape Girardeau; two sons, Gregory M. Wilson and wife, Jin, of Chelsea, Okla., Brad Wilson and wife, Beth, of Tamms; a daughter, Kim Krueger and husband, Rick, of Grand Junction, Colo.; his six beloved grandchildren, Jennifer Campbell-Wilson and husband, Cameron, of Portsmouth, England, Sgt. Brett Krueger, U.S. Army, Fort Benning, Ga., Matt Wilson and Kyle Wilson, both of Tamms, Wesley Wilson and Joe Ben Wilson, both of Chelsea.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandmother.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday the funeral home, with the Revs. Scott Moon and Raymond Oxford officiating.
Burial will be at Lindsey Cemetery in McClure, with full military honors by the Missouri Honors Team. Pallbearers are Tim Caldwell, Matt Wilson, Kyle Wilson, Brett Krueger, Wesley Wilson and Joe Ben Wilson.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9374 Olive Street Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63132-3214 or Lindsey Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 159, McClure, Ill. 62957.