Robert Wilson Served in Korea, Taught at Wisconsin State University

 03/22/2018 - 16:12

Robert Lewis Wilson of Saline, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16, 2018, just a month short of his 89th birthday.

Bob was born in Battle Creek, MI, on April 11, 1929, the first child of Lewis Wilson, an Osteopathic Physician, and Geneva Ford, second grade teacher and organist.  His sister Joanne appeared two years later followed by a brother, David, and another sister, Janet. The family moved to Ypsilanti, MI, early on, when Dad bought a practice there.

Bob graduated from Ypsilanti High School and Eastern Michigan University, which at that time was called Michigan State Normal College.  

He enlisted in the Army March 5, 1953.  He spent most of his time in service in Korea and was discharged January 30, 1956. 

He then resumed his education, receiving a Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Michigan.  Thereafter, he taught geography at Wisconsin State University for two years. He then returned to Ypsilanti and resided there, working mostly in retail stores in Ann Arbor.  He was active in poetry clubs, was active in the Methodist Church in Ypsilanti and pursued a hobby of book collecting.

He moved into Brecon Village in Saline, Michigan, in 2000 and had been a resident there until his death.  He was active in the Brecon Village Resident Council.

He is survived by his sister, Joanne Marlowe; a sister-in-law Astrida Wilson; brother-in-law William Siegfried; nieces: Cynthia Warren (Christopher), Lisa Maxwell; nephews: Robert Siegfried, Anthony Maxwell; great-nieces, Amanda Edmunds, Katie Edmunds; great-nephews: Simon Maxwell, Randy Edmunds, Nathan Edmunds, Brendan Edmunds, Tyler Warren, Niko Warren; great-great niece: Aryanna Edmunds and great-great nephew: Joseph Edmunds, and many friends in Brecon Village.  A sister Janet Siegfried and brother David Wilson predeceased him. A memorial service will be held at Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline, MI, at 1:30 PM, Saturday, March 24, 2018. Contributions in Bob’s name may be made to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) or to Doctors Without Borders. To sign his guestbook, to leave a memory, or for directions please visit www.rbfhsaline.com.

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