Carl Wilson, 94, of Monroe, passed away Friday, June 18, 2021, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A funeral service was Tuesday, June 22 at the Monroe United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Silent City Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines or the Monroe American Legion. Condolences may be left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The son of Guy and Bessie (Thorton) Wilson, Carl was born March 12, 1927, in Monroe. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard a minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II, attaining the rank of EMAC. After his discharge in 1946, he attended Iowa State University for one year. He then started working as an electrician at the Maytag Co. in 1949, retiring in 1986 after more than 37 years. He then continued to run his own electric business until 1995. In 1953 he married Judy Klein. They have five children, Pam Herrema of Monroe, Sandy (Jeff) Cooper of Monroe, Cindy Eeling of Gilbert, Ariz., Gregg Wilson of Monroe and Jenny (Steve) Nearmyer of Monroe. Carl belonged to the Monroe American Legion for more than 60 years. He served as Commander, Chairman of the House Committee, helped with military funerals and also visited and played bingo with the veterans at the VA Hospital.
Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Judy; children, Pam, Sandy, Cindy, Gregg and Jenny; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Jon (Lana) Wilson, Fred Wilson and Ann DeGrado. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Bob (Roberta) Klein; and cousins. Preceding Carl in death were his mother; father; and stepmother, Jean (Roberts) Wilson; a granddaughter, Dana; a son-in-law, Denny Herrema; and a sister-in-law, Janie Vander Hoek and her husband, Arlie.