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YORKTOWN, VA - Captain Robert W. Wilson, US Navy (Retired) completed his journey here on earth on 2 August 2014 and departed on the final journey into the hereafter. He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 63 years Barbara; his son Christopher and wife Katey, son Craig; his daughter, Kimberly Strunk and her husband Steve. The Captain was preceded in death by his brother James of Granby, Massachusetts; his son Clifford of Newport R.I. and son Curt of York Co. Robert also leaves behind his Grandchildren Carrie Yenni, Justin Wilson, William Wilson, Julia Wilson, Kelsey Wilson, Bryan Heden and Olivia Strunk. He also leaves behind seven Great Grandchildren. He was born May 23, 1928 in Holyoke, Massachusetts to Robert and Dorothy Wilson. He lived and was educated in schools of Chicopee and South Hadley, Massachusetts. He also attended Holyoke Junior College and Springfield College where he attained his Bachelors degree. On April 3, 1946 he enlisted in the Regular Navy and served on active duty for two years, in 1948 he joined the inactive Navy Reserve. In 1953, after being commissioned an Ensign entered the active Naval Reserve. In 1957 he obtained a Regular Navy commission and remained on active duty until 1976. Sea duty was served aboard an amphibious ship, a service force ship and four destroyers. Shore duty involved attending schools and serving in training commands. He served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, Naval Forces in Danang, Vietnam and Director of Officer Candidate School. He also served as Commanding Officer USS Charles H. Roan, (DD853) and Commanding Officer, US Naval Station, Great Lakes, Illinois. He retired from the Navy in 1976 as a Captain. During his long career in the Navy Captain Wilson earned the following awards: World War II Victory Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat V for service in Vietnam, Navy Commendation (two awards), Navy Unit Citation (Vietnam) Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuban Operations,) National Defense Service Medal (with star), Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with star). After retirement from the Navy Captain Wilson was employed by the Stanwick Corporation as a Senior Engineer and then was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding Company as a Logistics Supervisor for submarines and aircraft carriers. He was a self employed marine surveyor for seventeen years. When their son Craig suffered a traumatic brain injury Bob and Barbara became strong advocates for the Traumatically Brain Injured. They were part of the group who formed the Tidewater Head Injury Chapter, the first organization advocating for the brain injured in Virginia. A Military Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday 6 August, 2014 in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, Virginia alongside their son Curt. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, August 5, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers please send donations in the Captains name to the Brain Injury Association of Virginia,1506 Willow Lawn Dr. Suite 212,Richmond, VA 23230. Web Site, BIAV.net
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 4, 2014
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