Jean Wilson – Manchester

Jean Wilson age 93, died, Tuesday, December 17, 2019  at the Regional Medical Center , Manchester following a sudden illness.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 Saturday morning, December 21, 2019 at the Buck Creek Methodist Church with interment in the Buck Creek Cemetery.  Friends may call after 9:00 Saturday morning at the church. Rev Keith Pitts will officiate at the services. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. Thoughts, Memories and Condolences may be left at

Surviving are , 3 Daughters, Carolyn (Ron) Parkin, Cedar Rapids, Patty (Dennis) Erikson, Manchester, Connie (Steve) Henderson, Monticello, 7 Grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, I great-great-grandson,  and her sister-in-law Elda Landers, Cedar Rapids. She was preceded in death by her Parents, her husband Rodney and a sister, LaRue Thompson.

Jean Harriet Ehlers was born March 6, 1926 at Coggon, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Henry and Marie McCusker, Ehlers.   Jean graduated from the Buck Creek High School in 1943.   She was then recruited by the FBI during the war years and worked as a clerk typist in the Washington D.C. office.  She returned to Iowa when her father became ill and enrolled in Nursing School at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Jean Ehlers married Rodney Wilson on August 24, 1947 at the Buck Creek Methodist Church. The couple   farmed in Hazel Green Township near Buck Creek.   Jean worked off the farm on several occasions, first at Georgia Pacific in Monticello and later at the Ryan Co-Op.  They retired from active farming in 2005. Following Rodney’s death in 2014 Jean moved to Manchester in 2015.

Jean was an active member of the Buck Creek Methodist Church and the circle.   She helped clean and decorate the church for all the occasions.  She loved to garden and was a member of the Hosta Club and the Master Gardener Club.