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George A. Wilson Jr.

Des Moines

George Allison Wilson, Jr., 88, died Friday, May 3, 2013 in Des Moines.

George was born in Des Moines to George and Mildred (Zehner) Wilson. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended college at George Washington University. At age 18, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a tank platoon commander in the European Theatre during World War II where he was awarded a Bronze Star for commanding his tank into hostile enemy fire. He married Emogene "Genie" Simmons, in 1947. Shortly after graduating from Drake Law School in 1951, he was recalled to active duty for service during the Korean War.

George started his professional lobbying career before the Iowa General Assembly in 1954, representing clients until his retirement in 2002. When he was not sitting on "his" bench at the Capitol he was happiest in a duck blind with a golden retriever at his side.

He is survived by Genie, his wife of 65 years, his two children, Allison (Jim) Fleming and George (Jean) Wilson, III. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Jennifer (Marty) Smith, Christine (John) Halbrook, Ellen (Colin) Powers, George "Skip" Wilson, IV, and Hunter Wilson, and four great-grandchildren. His grandchildren lovingly referred to him as Ahpie.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Luke's Episcopal Church where he and Genie worshipped for over 60 years.


Published in Des Moines Register on May 7, 2013
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