In Memory of Roy D. Wilson

Roy D. Wilson
Roy D. Wilson
Born: November 19, 1926
Died: May 14, 2014
Age: 87
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Roy D. Wilson
November 19, 1926 - May 14, 2014
From: Galva, IA

Roy D. Wilson, age 87, of Galva, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at his daughter’s residence of Jefferson, South Dakota.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, May 19, 2014 at Silver Creek United Methodist Church; located south of Galva, Iowa. The Reverend Kristin D. Boysen & Reverend Jeffrey C. Vore will officiate. Burial will follow at the Galva Township East Cemetery of Galva, Iowa with Military Rites conducted by the Dibbern Post Post No. 454 of the American Legion. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Roy David Wilson was born on November 19, 1926 In Eureka Township in Sac County, Iowa to H. Vern and Pearl Vivian (Willey) Wilson. In 1932 the family moved to the Wilson farm in Silver Creek Township and have lived there ever since. Roy proudly told people, “Our mile and a quarter farm is a century family farm”.

Roy was baptized May 5, 1929 at the Silver Creek Methodist Church and was confirmed there on March 24, 1940. Roy sang in the choir and was happy to say his grandparents were charter members of this church that still stands here in Silver Creek Township

Roy attended country school thru the 8th grade and graduated from Galva High School in 1944.

Roy started farming and then decided to enlist in the Army Air Force earning the rank of Sgt. as an Air Control Tower Operator. Upon returning home he went back in to farming. Roy and LaMerle Shirley Rydberg, a high school classmate were married at the Schaller Presbyterian Church on October 23, 1949. To this union three children were born, Nadine Louise, and twins Clyde Vern and Connie Jo.

Besides crop farming, Roy had lots of livestock to tend to as well. He did lots of custom work, and grew soybeans for De Kalb. Roy was active on the Farm Bureau and Pork Producers boards. Roy was a trustee on the Silver Creek United Methodist church board many times, as well as a Silver Creek Township trustee for many years.

He was a life member of the AmVets and a member of Dibbern Post # 454 of the American Legion.

In 1975 when the Doctor encouraged him to go south for the winter because of a health condition. The livestock were sold and a travel trailer was bought. Every winter since he has been in Arizona, Texas or Florida. They also enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Alaska. Making new friends and playing lots of shuffleboard occupied a lot of his time. Roy enjoyed woodworking, making bowls and pens as a hobby in his retirement years.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, LaMerle, daughters, Nadine Bray (Douglas O’Connell) of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; Connie Jo (Glenn) Bosse of Jefferson, South Dakota; granddaughters, Ashleigh Bosse (Fiancé Justin Keegan) of Elk Point, South Dakota; Kara (Nick) Meisinger of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; brother retired Col. Dwight Vern (Barbara) Wilson of Houston, Texas; several nieces, nephews a family and friends.

Roy was preceded in death by his son Clyde Vern, parents, Vern and Pearl, sisters, Helen (Paul) Clausen, and Dorothy (Amos) Wagner.

A special thank you to Veronica and her team at Siouxland Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Siouxland Hospice, Silver Creek United Methodist Church, Galva First Responders, Galva Library or one of your choice.


10:30 AM, Monday,
May 19, 2014

Silver Creek
United Methodist Church
1904 Orchard Avenue
Galva, Iowa 51020


The Reverend Kristin D. Boysen &
The Reverend Jeffrey C. Vore


Nick Meisinger
Justin Keegan
Dennis Wagner
Dennis Bennett
Klint Cork
Marlon Solano
Flower Committee
Alan & Lu Ann Bennett
Kyle & Robin Bennett


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday,
May 18, 2014

Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Laurie Currie, Pianist
Karen Currier, Vocalist

Vocalist Selections
"Softly And Tenderly"
"In The Garden"

Congregational Hymn
"On Eagle's Wings"


Galva Township East Cemetery
Galva, Iowa

Military Rites
Dibbern Post No. 454
of the American Legion
Galva, Iowa


Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM
“Nadine, our hearts are with you during this difficult time of great loss. Prayers of comfort are offered for you and Doug as well as to others in your family. --Katherine and Bob”
- Katherine and Bob Moore
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM
“Please accept our deepest sympathy. We hope that with the passing of time of time will help ease your sadness and leave you with fond memories to cherish close to your hearts.
( Isaiah 25:8)”
- Jackson Family
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM
“Roy set a good example for all. Good husband, loving father, grandfather and excellent provider. He set a high bar for everyone to follow and he excelled at it all. ”
- Gene Kent
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM
“We send our prayers and Sympathy to LaMerle and Roy's family. He fought a good fight but, we know he has gone home. We will never forget the wonderful hospitality by the Wilsons when we stopped for the night while on Ragbrai in 2001. The boys will always remember the go cart that Roy let them ride. He was always so active in Park Place and will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless you all.
Darrell and Marilyn Erickson

- Marilyn Erickson
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:41 PM
“Connie, Glenn and girls. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man! He and your mom raised an amazing daughter! Sending thoughts and prayers to you and all of your family and your mom.”
- Patty Rarrat
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:41 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the family of Roy. He was such a delightful man. I will always cherish the times they came into the Farm Bureau office in Ida Grove when I worked there. When he knew that I wanted a little wooden rocker for a teddy bear, he managed to make one and surprised me by delivering it to the office. The work that he did was amazing. LaMerle, my thoughts prayers will be with you. Cherish the memories and I am sure that you have a lot of those. ”
- Dianne Perry
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM
“Dear LaMerle,

What a dear man Roy was. He will be greatly missed by all. Praying for your comfort in the days ahead and that the memories you shared will bring you joy in the midst of your grief.

Bev Mahr

- Bev Mahr
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM
“LeMerle and family, we were so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. He was a wonderful man. We enjoyed getting to know both you and Roy. Roy always had a smile and always had time to visit with people. He also loved to play shuffleboard and was a wonderful teacher. You and your family are in our thoughts and prays. Roy is in a better place and no longer has pain. We will keep you in our prays. Charlie and Cindee ”
- Charlie & Cindee Beattie
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:39 PM
“Roy Wilson family:
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
- Marla Jean (drake) friedrichsen
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM
“Connie, Glenn and family . . . Thinking of you - may happy memories help you through this sad time. Sincere sympathy to our dear friends. ”
- Bob, Cindy and Tia Scherer
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM
“LeMerle and family. Sorry to hear of the passing of Roy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Roy always had a smile with a little chuckle and was an active resident at Park Place Estates in Harlingen, TX for many many winters. He so much enjoyed wood working, shuffling, working in the kitchen, active with the veterans and fixing things around the park. He kept busy. He will be missed by his many friends. Rest in piece, Roy.
Harold and Evelyn Bisel ”
- Harold Bisel
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM
“LeMerle & Family. We were sorry to hear about Roy, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless All.”
- JAN & Glenn Johnson
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM
“We will always cherish our memories of Roy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, and you have our deepest sympathy.
Love, Cheri, Justine, and Dylan”
- Cheri Newsome
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM
““I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” -(Leo Buscaglia)

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Sincerely, David”
- David E Bowman
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM
“Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace.”
- LuAnn Bennett
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