In loving memory of

Steven Willson
June 26, 1949 - February 3, 2020

Steven J. Willson, 70, of St. Charles died Monday, February 3, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Hospital's - St. Mary's Rochester Campus. Steve was born June 26, 1949 in Winona to Walter and Grace (Skordahl) Willson. He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1967 and went on to serve in Viet Nam for the United States Army from 1969 - 1971. Following his return home Steve worked with his dad and later with his brothers at St. Charles Plumbing and Heating. He was also partner in St. Charles Laundromat and Car Wash along with his brothers. Steve and Carolyn Rieck Meyer were married on October 30, 1999.
Steve loved to fish, enjoying many fishing trips to Canada with friends. He had also enjoyed hunting coyote, fox and pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota. Steve was a patient and detail craftsman, as he made many segmented and turned wooden bowls. He belonged to the St. Charles American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts.
Steve is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and her family; sons, Tracy (Shellie) Meyer and Patrick Meyer and their children; Montana, Hunter, Peyton and Tegan all of Janesville, IA, a sister, Pat (Phillip) Balsama of Pleasanton, CA, brothers, Bruce (Jeanne) Willson and Dean (Diana) Willson both of St. Charles and four nieces and nephews, Greg and Matt Willson, Lisa and Brian Balsama. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services to remember Steve will be led by funeral celebrant, Jodi Heim at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Charles. A time of visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Military honors will be conducted following services at the funeral home.
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Craig Willson wrote on Sep 8, 2020:

"Steve was my cousin. His dad and my Dad were brothers and there were similarities between the brothers families in that both brothers had 3 sons all very close in age. Uncle Jim had Steve, Bruce and Dean, Keith had Kirk, Craig and Corey. Years ago I found myself near St Charles so I stopped by to visit the other Willson family. Steve was very gracious and made me feel very welcome. I couldn\'t get over how much he looked like my own Dad. In 2010 my older brother Kirk died and remember talking on the phone with Steve about our families and it was then when he told me about his illness. Steve has always been in my thoughts and prayers as well as his family. I would to hear from them. Craig Willson 16310 Hartman Rd Magnolia, Texas 77355 Cell&text 281-787-7446 "

Chip Hampel wrote on Feb 9, 2020:

"My condolences-Chip Hampel"

Jack and Linda Graves wrote on Feb 8, 2020:

"our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve's family "

Norm and Barb Lecy wrote on Feb 7, 2020:

"Carolyn, so saddened to learn of Steve's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. May the days ahead be filled with peaceful memories of your life together. Norm and Barb Lecy"

Kate Feine wrote on Feb 6, 2020:

"My condolences and peace to Steve?s family. I know he will be missed. Sincerely, Kathy Hewitt Feine, a neighbor from the ?hood? years ago. "

Karen Henry wrote on Feb 6, 2020:

"My sympathy to the Wilson family. Such a nice person."

Rich and Lana Lange wrote on Feb 6, 2020:

"Our deepest sympathy to you, Carolyn and to Steve's entire family. Steve was a great man, great neighbor and friend. He will be missed by many. Rest in Peace Steve."

Rick Schaber wrote on Feb 5, 2020:

"I've known Steve my entire life, but really got to know him the last 25 years playing pool with him in the Moose Lodge Pool League. Besides being a very good pool player & great teammate, Steve was a better friend. Last winter Steve was not feeling the best, so his brother Dean sub for him most of the year. The last month of our season Steve felt good enough to shoot & he shot like he never missed a week. Steve led our team from 3rd place, to the league title. I know this meant a lot to him, but i think it meant even more to our team to have that special time with him. We will miss him (& Carolyn) at pool league, but I have a good feeling he will be keeping an eye on us. Team #3 forever!!! "

Loren Hewitt wrote on Feb 5, 2020:

"My condolences to Steve?s family. Growing up in St. Charles with the Wilson family just two houses away during my younger years I knew Steve and graduated from high school with Bruce. The Willsons were great neighbors and friends. May Steve Rest In Peace."

Greg Haas wrote on Feb 5, 2020:

"Jerry and I spent many days in South Dakota pheasant hunting with Steve. I will always remember him walking a ditch with his shorthair in front of him and his 20ga double barreled Browning shotgun at the ready. So many great memories of those SD trips with Steve. I'm sure there's a SD martini waiting for you in heaven. RIP Steve. Greg Haas"

Orv and Janell wrote on Feb 4, 2020:

"To the Willson Family, We are so very sorry to hear the news of Steve?s passing. He was truly a fighter. We do not get the chance often to have a man like Steve in our lives. Kind with a great sense of humor, a true friend to many people. Orv truly enjoyed fishing with him in Canada. He is going to be missed by all who were blessed to know him. You have our sincerest sympathy but know that we were the lucky ones to call him ?friend?. He will never be forgotten. God bless you Steve. Blessings to you all. Orv and Janell Dahl "