A Mass of Christian Burial for Darris L. Wilson, 81, of Perry will be held at noon Monday, December 4, 2017, at St. William Catholic Church in Perry, with Father John Henderson officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Paul Cemetery, rural Center.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Homes.
Mr. Wilson passed away at 4:58 a.m. November 29, 2017, at Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal.
He was born January 17, 1936, in Hannibal, the son of George and Gladys Irene Garber Wilson.
He was married July 23, 1956, in Vignory France to Francoise Lydie Alene Remy and she preceded him in death on May 9, 2017.
Survivors include five children, Loraine Griffis of Mexico, Karen Schwartz of Oklahoma City, Okla., Christopher Wilson of Ferguson, Jeffrey (Maggie) Wilson of Wentzville, Valerie (Rick) Jacobs of Centralia, and Jennifer Wilson of Kansas City; four sisters, Marilyn Sultzman of Jefferson City, Joyce Summy of Mexico, Gloria (Skip) Kirby of Hannibal, and Linda Cole of West Cliffe, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Jill, Libby and Hannah Schwartz of Oklahoma City, Okla., Claire (Cory) Elrod of Wentzville, and Katelynn, Elizabeth and Laura Wilson, all of Wentzville; and two great-grandchildren, Avery and Lillian Elrod, both of Wentzville.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lindell and Walter Wilson; three sisters, Martha and Deborah Wilson and Catherine Mitchell; and one grandson, Ryan Jacobs.
Mr. Wilson moved his family to the Perry area in 1978 after traveling with the military. He entered the Air Force on February 20, 1953, and retired from the US Army as a Master Sergeant September 9, 1977, after having served his country for 26 1/2 years. He enjoyed volleyball and raquetball in his younger years and later working in his yard, garden, and with his beloved trees. He loved spending time with his family.
Pallbearers will be his family and honorary pallbearers will be Ed Shoemate and Skip Kirby.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Cemetery, % Judy Couch, 300 S. Smith St., Center, Mo. 63436.
Online condolences may be made at www.bienhofffuneralhome.com.