James R. (Jim) Wilson, 63, of Newton, (formerly of Dysart, Iowa) died Thursday, October 7, 2010, at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minn., after a courageous battle with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's disease). The funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton. Burial was at the Newton Union Cemetery with military honors presented by the American Legion and V.F.W. and graveside rites performed by Fr. William Reynolds.
Jim was born November 15, 1946, in Waterloo, the son of the late Gehl Edward Wilson and Paula Maxine Beatty Wilson. He graduated from Dysart High School in 1964; received his B.A. from the University of Iowa; and Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School.
Jim married Karen McNeer on June 2, 1990, and made his home in Newton. They later divorced. He is survived by his son, Aaron James Wilson, and his ex-wife, Karen Wilson, who cared for him during his terminal illness; his sister, Barbara (Paul) Glombowski; his brothers, Thomas (Cindy) Wilson of Dysart; Larry (Chris) Wilson of Altoona and Richard (Sharon) Wilson of Ames and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gehl Edward Wilson. Jim was a former Jasper County Attorney and spent many years in private practice. He served two years in the United States Army and received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Expert Badge. Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church and later became a Catholic and joined the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to The A.L.S. Association in Jim's name and may be left at the Church.