Gerald “Jerry” Wilson, 75, Atalissa
Obituaries · May 10, 2013

Gerald “Jerry” Wilson, 75, of Atalissa passed away on Tuesday, April 23, at the University Hospital after a brief illness.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday May 9, 2013, at the West Liberty United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 8th at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Gerald “Jerry” Wilson was born in Iowa City March 18, 1938, the son of Edward and Mary Alice Reha Wilson. He was a lifelong resident of Muscatine County.

Jerry married Nancy Isabel on Feb. 9, 1957, in West Liberty, they were parents to three children: Janet, Dean and Peggy Wilson. Nancy passed away in 1962. Jerry married Joyce Isabel in June, 1963 and adopted Melissa “Missy” Bickford.

He was employed at Wiele Chevrolet at West Liberty. Previously he was employed at Wilson Chevrolet in Durant. He served for many years as a City Council member and Mayor of Atalissa. He worked as a mechanic for all his adult life. He was a member of several camping groups through the years.

Survivors are his wife, Joyce; and two daughters Janet (Tom) Boulund of Bettendorf and Peggy (Brian) Johnson of Iowa City. He had seven grandchildren: Zac Boulund of Aurora, Ill.; Jill (Dave) Naab of Bettendorf; Lisa Salemink of Des Moines; Kelli Salemink of Iowa City; Chad (Brooke) Morrison and daughters Isabel, Ava and Amelia; and Andy (Kayla) Morrison and their daughter, Natalie Morrison, all of West Liberty; and Travis (Yolanda) Morrison of Atlanta, Ga. Other survivors include brother Dennis (Sheila) Wilson of Anamosa, Iowa, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by wife Nancy; son Dean; his parents, Edward and Mary Alice Wilson; two brothers, Gary and Mike; daughter Melissa “Missy” Morrison; and great-grandson Weston Morrison.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to Iowa City Hospice.

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