June 4, 2013

James B. Wilson, 69, publisher of The Carroll Daily Times Herald for the past 36 years and an economic development leader, died Monday, June 3, 2013 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll from congestive heart and kidney failure.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Carroll with the Rev. Dennis Bailey officiating. A reception will follow at the Carroll Country Club. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Des Moines Area Community College, St. Anthony Regional Hospital, The Bill Evans Foundation and the Carroll High Foundation.

Born Aug. 26, 1943, a son of James W. and Constance Wilson, James B. Wilson starred for the Carroll High School Tigers basketball team and played his way to a state high school golf championship in 1961, the year he graduated from CHS. Wilson attended the University of Missouri, his father's alma mater, and the University of Arizona before graduating from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Wilson was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

In his early 20s, Wilson worked for the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Beck, a Centerville newspaper publisher who would lose a primary to eventual Gov. Robert Ray. A lifelong Republican, Wilson in the 1990s served on the military academy selection committee for U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Clive.

Wilson, who served as vice president of the Carroll Area Development Corp., built the business relationships that led Delavan Manufacturing (Goodrich Corp.) to Carroll; helped negotiate the agreement between Des Moines Area Community College and the University of Northern Iowa bringing four-year university programs to Carroll; served on the St. Anthony Regional Hospital Foundation Board during much of the recent development of that institution; led a delegation to Washington, D.C. in 1974 to successfully lobby for federal funding for the construction of the Carroll Recreation Center; and as vice president of the Carroll Country Club, helped develop the course into an 18-hole facility.

Wilson, named the Carroll Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 1989, established The Daily Times Herald's Extra Effort Fund, which has raised nearly $400,000 for the less fortunate in the Carroll area over the past 24 years. He served as president of the Bill Evans Foundation for Kids, which continues to assist needy young people in the Carroll area in honor of former Carroll educator Bill Evans, a long-time Wilson friend.

Additionally, Wilson served on the DMACC Foundation Board, the Carroll County Ambulance Board, the Carroll Planning & Zoning Commission and Carroll Chamber of Commerce Board.

Wilson earned the Master Editor Publisher Award from the Iowa Newspaper Association.

The Carroll Daily Times Herald has been in the Wilson family since 1929. Wilson was a third-generation newspaperman. His grandfather Silas Wilson served as editor of the Albia Union-Republican.

Wilson is survived by his sister, Ann Wilson of Carroll; two nephews, Douglas Burns and Thomas Burns of Carroll; a niece, Jane Lawson of West Des Moines; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his aunt and uncle, Howard, former general manager of the Carroll Daily Times Herald, and Dorothy Wilson.