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Obituaries

Obituaries

Joseph J. "Joe" Wilson 1914 - 2008 Lawrence

Memorial services for Joseph J. "Joe" Wilson, 94, Lawrence, will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Smith Center-Brandon Woods South in Lawrence. Private inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.Mr. Wilson died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.He was born July 29, 1914, in Pittsburg, the son of Clyde and Jesse Gibson Wilson. He attended business college.Mr. Wilson was the first director of housing for Kansas University from its inception in the 1950s until he retired in 1985. He also formerly worked for the Lawrence Rapid Transit Co. and was a business manager at KU.He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce since 1976 and Senior Council since 1999. He served on the Lawrence school board from 1953 to 1965. He was also a former member of Lawrence Country Club and served on the board of directors of Cottonwood Inc. Mr. Wilson married Mary Frances McDonald on March 4, 1936, in Lawrence. She died Feb. 24, 1998. Survivors include two daughters, Linda S. Wilson, Lawrence, and Catherine Mapes, Fairway; two granddaughters, Anne Close and Sara Irmen; and a great-grandson, Henry Wilson Close.The family suggests memorials to Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center or the KU Endowment Association, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain. com, subject: Wilson.