Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Wilford (Bill) Watson

   Wilford W. (Bill) Watson, Jr., 58, of West Branch and formerly of Gladwin, died Thursday, Dec. 1, following a short illness. Born December 24, 1923, in Delight, Ark., he graduated from Tallulah High School, La., and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He attended the University of Michigan and Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. He was employed by Dow Chemical Co. and owned and operated Watson's Jewerly in Gladwin. At the time of his death, he was a real estate broker at Real Estate One in West Branch.

   Mr. Watson was active in bowling and golfing in the Mid-Michigan area for many years and was a member of the West Branch Loyal Order of the Moose No. 2051 and a charter member of the Gladwin Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3292. He was married to the former Emmalou Rogers on November 10, 1944, in Oakland, Calif.

   Besides his wife, he is survived by 3 sons, Wilford (Dub) III, Rogers and Kelly of Anchorage, Alaska; one daughter, Mrs. David (Karen) Allam of Eagle River, Alaska; one brother, D. B. of Vicksburg, Miss.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Virginia Malone of Natchitoches, La., Mrs. Pauline Erwin of Tallulah, La. and Mrs. Mary Norton of Birmingham, Ala.; and 2 grandchildren.

   Services were held Monday at 1 p.m. from the Gladwin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Bates officiating. Arrangements were in charge of the Hall Funeral Home.

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McClure Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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