William (Bill) Leroy Wilson
William (Bill) L. Wilson of Sacremento, CA. died peacefully in Sacremento on December 24, 2017, with his devoted wife, Susan, by his side. During his final hours, he was also supported by the love and prayers of many other family members and countless friends.
The son of Arther and Lucille Wilson, Bill entered this world during April of 1929 in Sacremento. He lived in the Bay area for several years before returning to the Central Valley. After high school, Bill attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, before answering his country’s call to serve in the Marine Corps.
After boot camp at the Marinf Corps Recruitment Depot in San Diego, Bill saw combat in Kores including the Inchon Landing, the retaking of Seoul and the significant Battle of the Chosin Resivoir. After his discharge in 1952, he joined the Maring Corps Reserve and retired after 29 years of service at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Bill married Lois Oleniacz in 1952 and they raised their two children in Cleveland, Ohio and the Bay area. In 1983, Bill met Susan Squies Roman and they shared a loving, respectful and joyful marriage of 33 years until Bill’s death.
In Addition to being a proud Marine, Bill was an equally proud Scot. A member of Clan Gunn, he was active in the Sacremento chapters of the St. Andrew’s Society, The Caledonian Club and the Scottish Aerican Military Society. He also played the drums in the Sacremento Cameron Pipe Band.
Bill was respected and admired as an accomplished artist. He earned a Batchelor of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco in 1957 and created many beautiful paintings, sculptures and pieces of jewelry throughout the years. Bill used his artistic talents throughout his professional career as a grafic artist working for several commercial companies and agencies. The last 38 years of his career were spent with the State of California Department of Water Resources.
Bill was a man of strong, abiding faith and was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacremento. He served God, his church and his community providing pastoral care to others as a Stephan Minister, joyfully singing in the Celebration Choir during worship services and participating in Cursillo retreat and renewal weekends.
Bill’s gentle spirit, clear personal integrity, wonderful sense of humor, marvelous ability to tell delightful stories and fondness for spinning tall tales created an enormous company of loving, steadfastly loyal friends.
Bill will be deeply missed by his wife, Susan Wilson, his children Holli Wilson-Louie (Ronald) and Christopher Wilson, his step-children David Roman (Harper) and Laura Stewart (Jeff), and his sister, Geri Walker. Bill also leaves grandchildren, Melanie Wightman, Ashleigh Hankins (Patrick), Ian Louie (Brent), step-grandchildren Bandon and Parker Stewart and great grandchildren, Kailey Pierozek (preceded in death), Jordan Greenman and Kekoa Hankins.
A celebration of Bill’s extraordinary life will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2017, at 4:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral located at 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816.
The family respectfully suggests that those wishing to make memorial donations in Bill’s honor consider contributing to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.