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Robert Lee Wilson

Published On: Jan 19 2013 04:47:47 PM CST

Madison - Robert Lee Wilson, age 89, passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2013. He was born in Wellington, Kansas on February 10, 1923. His parents were Mary E. White Wilson and Roy Gilbert Wilson. He graduated from Wellington High School and the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. While studying at Kansas University, he met Barbara Magill. After graduation, they were married in Topeka, Kansas in 1947. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in August of 2012.

During WWII, he served in Europe with the 69th Infantry Division. In November of 2011, Robert joined his fellow WWII veterans and took part in the Badger Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Robert worked in Department Store Retailing for 37 years. He was with Macy's for 19 years and with the H.C. Prange Co. for 18 years. While with Prange's, he served as Vice President and Director of Stores. He was an active member in his local communities as well, serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce, both in Fond du Lac and Sheboygan.

Robert was an avid bridge player, loved cheering on his KU Jayhawks (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!), and never met a cookie he didn't like, especially, his son Kerry's homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara Wilson; his two children, Sharon Silady of San Diego and Kerry Wilson of Madison; his six grandchildren, Juliet (Jeremy) Trieloff of Chicago, Danielle Wilson of Madison, Megan (Todd) Allen, Rebecca Silady, Nicholas Silady, and Emily Silady of San Diego; his four great grandchildren, Luke, Isaac and Mikayla Allen, and Claira Silady of San Diego. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Kevin Wilson.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caretakers and staff at the Willowbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their care and support.

Private family services are being held at a later date. The family requests that memorials be made to the Dane County Humane Society; 5132 Voges Rd, Madison WI 53718.

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