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Dr. William W. Watson

May 13, 1928 - May 16, 2024

U.S. Veteran
Doc Watson

Funeral Home Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home

Cemetery De Soto City Cemetery

  • Visitation: Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 3 PM – 7 PM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home
  • Funeral Service: Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home

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Dr. William W. Watson was born May 13, 1928 in Clay, KY. He was the son of Harve and Cleta (nee Gabhart) Watson. He died on May 16, 2024 at his home in De Soto, MO. He is survived by his wife of 75 years Emma Lou (nee Hooker) Watson, De Soto, MO; his children, Donna L. “Dee” (John “Pete”) Dawes, De Soto, MO; Steve (Diane) Watson, St. Louis, MO; Dr. Suzanne (Brian Dreckshage) Watson, Ballwin, MO; William David (Jane) Watson, Lawrence, KS; Jeff (Paige) Watson, Union, MO; and a daughter-in-law, Cherie Watson, Jacksonville, FL; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one niece, Robin (Watson) Telfian; one nephew, Todd Watson; and several beloved cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Cordelia Watson; two sons, Billy and Mike Watson; one brother, Bob Watson; and one nephew, Kelly Watson.  He retired as a Dentist in 2004 having practiced in De Soto for 43 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946-1953 flying 65 missions as a pilot during the Korean War. His activities and interests were varied and all rooted in his beloved home state of Kentucky. Dr. Watson was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a keen handicapper of thoroughbred racing. Last and certainly not least, he was an ardent supporter of the University of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball team. His love of UK was legendary and ever present from his bedroom/office dubbed the “Wildcat Room” to his “UK CATS” license plate and multiple articles of UK clothing. Dr. Watson was a former city councilman and 2 term Mayor for the City of De Soto and in 2018 was recognized as a Distinquished Friend of De Soto Public Schools. He was a life member of VFW #1831; member of Amvets Post #48; B.P.O.E. #689; Rotary, Shriners, and served on the Amvets Flag Committee. As an expression of sympathy memorials to Serenity Hospice Care, 5272 Flat River Rd., Park Hills, MO 63601 or the American Diabetes Assoc. P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116.


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