Bruce A. Wilson

MASON CITY Bruce A. Wilson, 53, of 930 14th Place N.E., died Thursday (Oct. 9, 1997) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East.

Memorial services will be held at 4p.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church, 120 First St. N.E., with the Rev. Robert Towner officiating.

There will be no visitation.  According to Bruce's wishes, his body will be cremated.  Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to Bruce's favorite organizations, the Mason City Renew Center and Lime Creek Nature Center.

Bruce Allen Wilson was born on Sept. 10, 1944, the son of Charles M. and Blythe E. (Legg) Wilson, in St. Cloud, Minn.

Bruce spent his early years in Lake Okoboji, before moving to Mason City in 1952.  He attended Harding Elementary, Monroe Junior High and Mason City High School, where he played football for the Mohawks and graduated in 1962.

He attended North Iowa Area Community College, Mankato State College and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.  While at the University of Iowa, he played football for the semi-pro team, the Cedar Rapids Rapid Raiders.

For the next 20 years, he worked for the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Arizona Department of Social Services as a child protective worker.  He also lived in Alaska and Colorado during that time, before returning to Mason City in 1993.

Since his return to Mason City, he has been active in a 12-step program and the Renew Center.  He has also been an active supporter of his son, Luke Wilson, who plays football for the University of Northern Iowa.  Bruce had spent a great deal of time in Cedar Falls with his son.  He had lived with his mother, Blythe, since his return.

Survivors include one son, Lucas Hert Wilson, Cedar Falls; his mother, Blythe E. Wilson, Mason City; one brother, Barry J. Wilson and his wife, Sandra K., of Mason City; two nephews, Zachary Wilson, Madison, Wis., and Gabriel Wilson, US Navy, Hawaii; a close aunt, Allie Mae Threde, Lake Park; and several friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Monroe Wilson, in 1966.

Oct 11, 1997 - Mason City Globe Gazette)