Robert M. Wilson

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Robert M. Wilson, 73, of Leavenworth County, KS, passed away just after midnight on Christmas morning. Robert was born in Kewanee, Illinois, on September 21st, 1947. He was raised by his mother Myrtle Stach (Lindsey) and stepfather Harlan Stach whom he loved very much. In June of 1966 Robert joined the Airforce and was stationed at Richards-Gebaur Airforce base in Grandview, MO, where he met his wife of 53 years Rita Wilson (Zarda). During the Vietnam war Robert served overseas. He was always proud of his service to our country.

Bob as he was known to his coworkers, worked as an Auto Worker at Ford Motor Company’s Lenexa warehouse and was an active member of UAW Local 249. He served as Committeeman and Second-Vice President before he retired in 2001. He was known as Mickie, or Michael to family and other friends and we always knew how people knew him by the name they asked for when people called for him.
Robert was father to three sons Dave (Jenny) Wilson of Mission, KS, Don (Crystal) Wilson of Shawnee, KS, and Drew (Robin) Wilson of Shawnee, KS. He was a very active father and enjoyed coaching football and baseball, boy scouts, teaching his sons to work on cars, and later attending his grandkids’ events and activities.

Robert was a great carpenter and built their log cabin and barn with his own hands. He loved living in the country and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a turkey hunter and spent countless hours in the barn making turkey calls.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and younger sister Annette Klavon of Geneseo, Il. He is survived by his wife Rita, three sons, six grandchildren Luke, Jack, Robert, Dylan, Lizzie and Sam, his brother Jimmy (Trish) Schmig of Springfield, MO, and many nieces and nephews.
Robert helped people whenever he could even if meant he would have to go out of his way to do so. He was a good man and we loved him very much. A memorial service for Robert will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust.