William J. (Bill) Wightman, 78, of Marshall, formerly of Tucson, Ariz., died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at his home.
Memorial graveside services with military rites will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, with William W. Harlow officiating. Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church of Marshall or the American Cancer Society in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home of Marshall. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Jan. 14, 1932, in Ontario, Canada, he was the son of the late Edgar Wightman and Blanche Parrott Wightman. He was married to Ida Harrison who preceded him in death on June 11, 1976. He married Gloria Burns Olson who preceded him in death on July 27, 2006. He had lived in Marshall the last several years, previously living in Tucson and spent most of his life working as a carpenter. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Roosevelt and was a member of the Elks Lodge in Tucson. He was a member of First Christian Church in Marshall.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Knight of Tucson, Ariz.; one granddaughter Rebecca Freyaldenhoven and her husband, Chad, of Russellville, Ark.; two great-grandchildren, Shelby Knight of Tucson, Ariz. and William James Freyaldenhoven of Russellville, Ark. He is also survived by one step-daughter, Linda Carter and her husband, Dennis, of Marshall; two step-sons, Larry Olson and his wife, Marsha, of Wichita, Kan., Jeffrey Olson and his wife, Dianna, of Overland Park, Kan., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One brother, Edgar Wightman and his wife, Shirley, of Centerville, Ohio; one sister, Helen Stone of Thomas, Ga.; as well as several nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by one son and one daughter.
Additional information provided per family recompense.