William (Bill) Wilson Jr. passed away peacefully in his home on Sept. 4, 2013. He joins his wife, Helen Louise Wilson, of 63 years who passed on Feb. 20, 2008. Bill is survived by his two sons, Don Wilson and wife Cathy of Atascadero, and Gerald Wilson and wife Robin of Port Townsend, Washington, four grandchildren, Anthony, Matthew, Jennifer, and Melody, and 3 great grandchildren, Michelle, Audrey, and Grace.
Bill was born in Burbank in November1926, the son of a railroad engineer, and the family lived in a number of towns, including Lompoc, San Ardo, and Templeton before finally settling down in the Garden Farms of Atascadero. Bill and Louise were married on June 14, 1944 shortly before he was deployed as a radio/telegrapher on a navy ship heading to the Japanese islands near the end of World War II. Bill also served as a radio operator in the Air Force during the Korean War.
Avid Harley Davidson riders, Bill and Louise began raising their family in their home near the Imperial Dam in extreme southern California, where Bill began a career as a hydrographer working on the All-American canal system. They moved to El Centro in 1958, and later to San Jose, Ca. in 1963, where they lived until 1989. Bill worked for 25 years as a maintenance supervisor with the Santa Clara County water and flood control district until his retirement. Bill and Louise then moved back to his father’s home in the Garden Farms community of Atascadero.
During his retirement years, Bill was a very loved and well-remembered character in and around the Garden Farms, and Atascadero. He was a regular at the VFW club, and could often be seen riding around the neighborhood on his bike, wearing his trademark blue overalls, and straw hat. He grew the world’s best tasting tomatoes, and was always generous in giving them to all his friends and acquaintances. Bill loved his cats, and was notorious for pampering them with steak, chopped fresh liver, and whipping cream. He will be missed.
Per Bill’s wishes there would be no memorial service. His remains will be placed together with his wife, Louise and buried next to his parents at the Atascadero cemetery.