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Dr. Wilbur Collins Treadwell, Jr. Obituary


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“Thank you, Wilbur, for your service to our country. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret) - TX

“Dr. Treadwell was my eye doctor for more than 20 years. As silly as this sounds, I will always thank him for getting me into soft contacts, which...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Claude Ducloux - Austin, TX

“Steve and Family: Sorry to hear about your dad. He seemed like a good guy and always had a smile on his face. He lived a long and fruitful life doing...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Robin Willhoite - Timpson, TX

“Steve, wishing you and your family strength and peace in this difficult time. I didn't know your dad, but I knew you. And you were always a good...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: James - Austin, TX

“I will be out of state and will not be able to attend. I never met his kids so I wish to say to Doris, he was a good man, a kind man. I was...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Jose San Martin III O.D. - TX


Wilbur (Bill) Collins Treadwell, Jr., OD was born April 11, 1928 in Austin, Texas to Wilbur Collins Treadwell, Sr., OD and Mary Virginia Cavileer Treadwell. He was peacefully taken home to the Lord on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Dr. Treadwell graduated from Austin High School in 1945 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. In 1951 he graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. After an honorable discharge he went on to practice optometry until his passing.

Dr. Treadwell was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. He enjoyed tennis, dancing, hunting, traveling, and attending the Austin Symphony. He was involved in many professional and charitable organizations including the Rotary Club of Austin and the Texas Optometric Association.

Dr. Treadwell was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Elmer Ruth Treadwell of Denison, Texas, his father and mother, his stepmother Myrtle Lee Treadwell, brothers Reverend Joel C. Treadwell and Morris H. Treadwell, OD, and sister-in-law Janice B. Treadwell.

Dr. Treadwell is survived by his son Stephen Collins Treadwell, OD and wife Davina, daughter Sarah Ruth Benak and husband John Carl Benak, granddaughters Lauren Torres and Emily Treadwell, and great-grandsons Zachary and Tyler Torres.

Family members include sister-in-law Doris Ann Treadwell, nephew and niece Alan B. Treadwell and Kelly L. Byrd, nephew and nieces Joel C. Treadwell, Mary Jan Treadwell, and Jill Treadwell Svendsen, brother John Treadwell, DVM and wife Peg, nieces Leah Treadwell, Larah Walker, Lochen Wood, and Lindsay Rosenthal. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, father-in-law, friend and respected colleague.

The family would like to express its sincerest gratitude to family, friends, and colleagues, with special thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses, volunteers and staff at Seton Medical Center Austin and to the beloved clergy and congregation of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for their support and guidance during this period.

A visitation will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin on Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. A funeral service and reception will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, followed by a graveside service at 3:30 p.m. at Austin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Treadwell's name to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Memorial Fund (www.gsaustin.org) or a charity of your choice.