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Commander William R. Wilson of Sequim passed away peacefully on March 9, 2013. He was at his home with his wife, Betty, and a close friend.
He was born in Great Falls, Montana, to parents Richard W. Wilson and Belle C. Wilson.
He was married to Betty A. McRobbie on August 17, 1955, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He received his Navy Wings in August of 1955. He served in the Navy for 23 years, followed by 17 years in international business development with General Dynamics.
He was preceded in death by three children, Patrick John in 1977, Clay Wilson in May of 2011 and daughter Major Casey Reece, U.S. Marine Corps, in 2008.
He is survived by wife Betty; son Dale Wilson (Susie); and grandchildren Michael and Emily Wilson, Eryn Reece and grandson West Point Cadet Patrick Reece.
Bill was the past president of MOAA and past president of Jazz in the Olympics. His hobbies included playing the banjo, woodworking, boating and fishing. Over the years, he enjoyed raising and training his many dogs. But most of all, he was a devoted and loving man to his family and many friends.
The memorial for Commander Wilson will be held at John Wayne Marina, 2577 West Sequim Bay Road, on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 20, 2013