William Arthur Persson, age 90, of Crookston, MN passed away at Riverview Health on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Bill was born on May 8, 1926 in Perham, MN to Arthur and Edna (McGrann) Persson. He graduated from high school in 1944 from Aberdeen, SD. In March of that same year Bill enlisted in the A.A.F. and served in the South Pacific with the Army Air Corp as a navigation/radio operator on a cargo transport plane. He was honorable discharged in November 1946 at the rank of Sergeant. After WWII Bill attended NDSU.
On August 25, 1951 Bill married the love of his life, Marjorie Marie Moran, in Red Lake Falls, MN. They had six children, Preston, Bill, Tim, Tamera, Tom, and Jerry. They lived in Fargo, ND for a number of years before moving to Red Lake Falls, MN. They then moved to Grafton, ND, which was where most of the children graduated from. In later years, they moved to Bismarck, ND, where Bill retired. After retirement they moved to West McDonald Lake in Minnesota and wintered in Alamo, TX. Before retirement, Bill worked as a territory sales manager for Occidental Petroleum and Twin City Roofing.
Bill was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, and a 45-year member of the Elks. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Theater Service Medal, the Army of Occupation (Japan) Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal.
Bill enjoyed golfing and swimming and spending time with family at his lake home at West McDonald Lake in Minnesota. He and Marge also enjoyed being "Winter Texans" at their second home in Alamo, TX. Bill was known for his quick wit and charm.
Bill is survived by his children, Preston (Mary) Persson of Williston, ND, Bill (RuthAnn) Persson of Shorewood, MN, Tim (Kim) Persson of Crookston, MN, Tamera (Scott) Meyers of Detroit Lakes, MN, Thomas Persson of Fargo, ND, and Jerry (Theresa) Persson of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Tyler, Kelli, William, Candyce, Brittany, Danielle, Mandie, Alex, Zach, Tiffaney, Ashley, and Kalie; great-grandchildren, Ryder, Bryden, Blake, Bladen, Cason, Xavier, April, Dezyk, Zaelyn, and Luna; and sister, Mary Ellen (Clifford) Kropp of Jamestown, ND.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; sister, Laverne Fleming; grandson, Preston (PJ); and granddaughter, Brooklyn.
There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Inurnment will be at St. Joseph's St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.