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On March, 13, 2018, William G Wilson Jr., at the age of 84 years, six months, ten days and two hours passed away, with Jesus leading him by the hand saying, “It’s time to go.” It was that and many prayers on his behalf, that Bill left this world for heaven, with his loving wife at his side. Bill resided at The Gardens of Ridgestone, Elkhorn, WI.

Bill was born on September 3, 1933, to William and Margaret (Dunn) Wilson Sr. in Guilford, Maine. Bill spent his childhood in Bangor, Maine. His favorite number was 13, married for 13 years and died on the 13th. Three’s also played a role with his birth date and the month he died.

Bill proudly enlisted and served his country in the US Army during the Korean War 1953-1956. He was stationed in Japan. Bill was proud of being part of The Far East Honor Guard. The family tradition of service extends to his son and grandson in the Navy. Both served in the nuclear sub program. Bill received his Honor Flight to Washington D. C. on November 7, 2015, accompanied by his son, (Gary) William G Wilson III.

Bill drove semi for many years for many years, like his father, on the east coast. Bill’s other occupations included security guard and maintenance in New Jersey. When residing in Wisconsin, Bill was manager of Blackhawk Manor Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.

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The Honorable Judge James “Jim” Lynn Carlson, OFS, 74, Whitewater passed away peacefully on March 14, 2018 surrounded by loving friends and family at Glenwood at Mulberry Campus, Whitewater, WI.

Jim was born on January 24, 1944, in Kenosha, Wisconsin to the Hon. Harry V. Sr.  and Corinne (Schmitt) Carlson.  He graduated from Kenosha Bradford High School in 1962,  from UW-Madison with his undergraduate degree in 1966, and his law degree in 1970.  Following law school, Jim began his career as an attorney at the Clark Dempsey Law Firm in Whitewater, also serving at that time as the Assistant City Attorney for Whitewater.  In 1976, Jim was elected District Attorney for Walworth County.  During his tenure as District Attorney, Jim focused on building the capabilities of the office to better serve the interests of Walworth County.  In 1978,   Governor Lee Dreyfus appointed Jim to fill a judicial vacancy for Walworth County.  Following his appointment, he was regularly elected to the court until his retirement on July 31, 2016.  In 2013, the Walworth County Bar Association recognized Judge Carlson’s long and dedicated professional service to the community by awarding him a Lifetime Achievement Award.  By the time of his retirement in 2016, Judge Carlson had become the longest-serving judge in Walworth County history.   

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Carol Emmaline Siddons passed away on March 8, 2018 at Ridgestone Assisted Living in Delavan, Wisconsin.

Carol was born on May 24, 1925, to Albert and Nora (Kobelman) Smith in the Town of Sugar Creek, Wisconsin. Carol graduated from Elkhorn Area High School in 1943 and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1947 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught first grade at Caswell Elementary in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin for four years and second grade at Wileman Elementary in Delavan, Wisconsin for 36 years, retiring from her beloved profession in 1988. She married Howard Francis Siddons on October 14, 1961, in the Historic Heart Prairie Church on the shores of Whitewater Lake. Reading, gardening, bird watching, ceramics, and needlework were just a few of her special interests. Carol loved her animal companions and was a devoted supporter of animal shelters and environmental conservation. She volunteered for Lakeland Medical Center for 17 years, Meals on Wheels, and Lutherdale Bible Camp. Carol was a member of Sugar Creek Lutheran Church and the Walworth County Retired Teachers Association.

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