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Wilfred Carlyle Gleason

March 12, 1929 — May 5, 2011

Wilfred “Wil” Carlyle Gleason, was born on March 12, 1929 in Wright County, Missouri near Mtn. Grove to Forrest G. and Alice (Tharp) Gleason, the youngest of four children. He departed this life on May 5, 2011 at 82 years, 1 month and 23 days of age.
Wilfred attended the Mountain Valley Elementary School near his home, and graduated from Mtn. Grove High School. In June of 1950 he married Dorothy Jean Riggs of Gentryville, Missouri, daughter of Leonard and Ella Riggs. Two children were born to this union, Paul Edward and Joy Evelyn.
After graduating from high school, Wilfred worked for Kraft Foods Milk Plant and Brown Shoe Company in Mtn. Grove. He later worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, Illinois and Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1967, he began working for the Chrysler Assembly plant in St. Louis, Missouri. He retired on December 31, 1993. From 1953 to 1955 he served his country in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Riley, Kansas.
In May of 1998, Wilfred and Dorothy returned to Mtn. Grove becoming members of the First Baptist Church. His greatest joys in life were his church and telling everyone he could about Christ, his grandchildren and writing poetry.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Harold E. Gleason of Nevada, Missouri; two sisters: Frances P. Leonard and Florence O. Richardson, both of Mtn. Grove, Missouri.
He is survived by his wife: Dorothy, of their home; a son and daughter-in-law: Paul and Denise Gleason of Anchorage, Alaska; one daughter: Joy Jaster of Mtn. Grove; three granddaughters: Melanie Gleason, Samantha Gleason and Abigail Jaster; a nephew: David R. Richardson and his wife, Norma, of Chillicothe, Missouri; a niece: Karen Davidson and her husband, Don, of Belen, New Mexico; and other relatives and many friends who will sadly miss him.
One of Wilfred’s often used quotes was, “Asleep In Jesus – awaiting the Resurrection.”

Memorial Contributions:
Samaritan’s Purse – Alzheimer’s Association – American Cancer Society c/o the funeral home.

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