Dean Wilson, 70
Fri, 03/13/2020 - 10:13am admin
Feb. 6, 1950 —
March 5, 2020
KNOXVILLE - Dean William Wilson, age 70, of Knoxville, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics.
His wishes were to be cremated. A visitation was held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Knoxville from 4-7 p.m. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Following the service, a luncheon will be held at the church. Burial took place on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Long Grove, Iowa.
Dean was born on Feb. 6, 1950 in Cresco, Iowa, the son of Floyd and Colletta (O’Brien) Wilson. He was raised there and attended Notre Dame Catholic High School, graduating with the Class of 1968. During school, he participated in choir, basketball and baseball. After graduation, he attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and then attended North Dakota State and received his degree in Electrical Engineering.
Dean was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Griffin on June 20, 1970 in Adair, Iowa. They were blessed with two children, Darin and Renae, and enjoyed 49 years of marriage.
Dean started working at 3M in 1974 as an engineer until his retirement in 2013. He enjoyed trap shooting, duck hunting and was an avid golfer, and a huge Iowa Hawkeyes fan. The couple also enjoyed wintering in Arizona and did so for six years.
Dean is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Wilson; son, Darin Wilson of Eldridge, Iowa; daughter, Renae (Jacob) Swayne of Knoxville; brother, Dennis Wilson (Vickie Guzman) of University Heights, Iowa; and grandson, Griffin William Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Colletta Wilson.
Memorials may be given in Dean’s memory to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and Marion County Humane Society.