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Carl Clark Willson, age 76, passed away on November 3, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. Carl was born on October 16, 1943 in Bucyrus, Mo, to the late Clark and Ida Rose (Newacheck) Willson. He was united in marriage to Alice Dotson in 1966, who preceded him in death. In 1976 he was united in marriage to Barbara Garrett, who survives at the home.
Carl joined the Air Force after graduation from Houston High School in 1961. He was stationed in Spain and Labrador, working in communications. After four years of military service and a short time with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, he started a career in civil service at Fort Leonard Wood, working in electronics and communications and later in the media department making training videos. After retirement he worked on his farm, as well as in a variety of jobs, including part time for the assessor's office, helping Dewayne Shelton on his farm and probably his favorite was babysitting for several wonderful families. He spent the majority of his life in Bucyrus and was a member of the Bucyrus Baptist Church.
He had a passion for playing music, and until his health declined, he would often be found strumming his mandolin or guitar. There wasn’t a stringed instrument he couldn’t master and he always played by ear. While his health allowed, he was an avid hunter, loved to fish with his grandchildren and was always tinkering on his farm, repairing equipment or creating his own tools.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Alice; in-laws John and Evelyn Dotson and Delmar and Juanita Garrett; sister Edith Boyd; brothers-in-law Dwight Duncan and Troy Boyd; sisters-in-law Dolores Garrett and Bettie Kell; nieces Brenda Mason and Pamela Duncan and grandson Colt Friberg.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sisters Mary (Bill) Wiseman of Bucyrus and Juanita Duncan of Houston; five sisters-in-law Bonnie Warner of Springfield, Donna (Jim) Taylor of Licking, Beverly (John) Green of Success, Evelyn Gallagher of Columbia and Ruby Mae Richardson of Success; brother-in-law John (Crystal) Dotson, Jr. of Springfield; three children, Terry (Renda) Willson of Hollister, Melissa (Bill) Burton of Bucyrus and Carla (Mike) McDaniel of Bonnots Mill; grandchildren, Brett Stottlemyre, Logan (Ashley) Willson, Shayla (Nathan) Bailey, Connor McDaniel; great-grandchildren, Aliyah Hager, Hallie, Gabriel and Oliver (due Feb. 2020) Willson and Melina Bailey, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no public service. The family will have a private service at a later date to spread his ashes as he requested.
Memorial donations may be made to the German Cemetery at White Rock or Hospice of Care in Houston. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, Mo.


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