Willie Lee Washington, 69, of Fort Dodge, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday December 7th at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home with Pastor D.C. Darensbourg officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where there will be a Masonic Service at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born on December 31, 1942 to Willie and Claree Washington in Sunter County, Alabama. Willie was raised and educated in Mississippi and graduated from Whisentow High School in 1961 in DeKalb, Mississippi. He lived in East St. Louis, MO for a short period of time; later moving to Fort Dodge in 1966. Willie attended Iowa Central Community College where he received his Welding Certificate in 1968. He was employed with Coats and New Idea Welding Co. After working there for a few years he was employed with Geo A. Hormel's Co for 20 years before his retirement. He was a member of Second Baptist Church and was the President of the usher board, which he deeply loved his church work. Willie was a member of the Solomon Lodge #45 which later became the H.C. Merriwether Lodge #46 where he served as Tyler, Secretary, and Worshipful Master. He was past President of the Board of Directors of Urban Ministry Community Center. Willie enjoyed fishing, hunting, community service, and spending time with his family and friends. He loved to travel with his daughter Sherry; traveling to Atlantic City, the Jersey Shores, New York City, Times Square BB King Restaurant, Los Angeles, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Willie leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Charlene Washington of Fort Dodge; daughter, Sherry Washington of Fort Dodge; sons, Tommy Washington (Annette) of Fort Dodge; Murphy Washington (Michelle) of Mason City; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Washington (Sandra) of Demopolis, AL; and Eugene Washington of Detroit, MI; 1 uncle, 8 aunts, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Claree Washington; a brother, James Washington, and several aunts and uncles.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.