William “Bill” Dennis Coulson, of Marissa, IL; was born on the 18th of September 1937, Tilden, Illinois. Died Sunday on the 24th of May, peacefully at home surrounded by love ones. Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Coulson of Marissa, his in-laws Earl and Marie Harriman of Marissa, granddaughter Jamie Marie Coulson of Virginia and his brother in-law Norman “Butch” Harriman and sister in-law Becky Harriman both of Marissa.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Earlene M., nee Harriman, Coulson of Marissa, his sons Dennis D Coulson (wife Robin) of Fletcher, Missouri, Michael Ray Coulson of Orlando, Florida, Patrick Jay Coulson (wife Elizabeth) of Stafford , Virginia, Timothy Scott Coulson of Saint Paul, Minnesota, his mother Virginia, nee Miller, Coulson of Marissa and his sister Sandra Raban (husband Charles) of Marissa. Bill is the grandpa of Travis S Coulson, Ryan M Coulson (wife Dawn), Carly (husband Ryan) Newton, Frankie N Coulson, Olivia G Coulson and Ava E Coulson. Bill is a great grandpa to Gavin M Coulson.
Bill graduated High School from the Marissa High School in 1955 and from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Bachelor of Science specializing in Electronic Engineering in 1971. Bill was in active duty for the United States Air Force from 1954 – 1955, Active duty United States Navy 1955 – 1959 and 2 years in the Navel Reserves. Bill worked at McDonald Douglas on the Gemini Space program as well as the F-4 Phantom Fighter Jet before joining the U.S State Department in 1974. Bill served at the American Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany for 3 years before returning to Washington D.C. After leaving the State Department, Bill joined the Central Intelligence Agency as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1985 where he retired in 2000.
Bill was a global traveler visiting dozens of countries. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends spending time in the woods, his exercise regiment of bicycle riding, running and overall general physical fitness. Bill loved practical jokes and teasing of his family and friends.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Wounded Warriors.
Visitation: Friends may call at the Marissa Presbyterian Church in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 9:30 am to 11:00am.
Funeral: Services will be held at the Marissa Presbyterian Church in Marissa, IL on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11:00am with Rev. James Ryan officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.