Robert Harold "Bob" Wilson, 66, of Townsend, passed away unexpectedly at his home Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. He was born to A.H. "Harold" and Marie A. "Toni" (Milesnick) Wilson Oct. 25, 1947 in Bozeman. Bob was raised in the Gallatin Gateway area, graduated from Bozeman High School in 1966. He attended Montana State University after his graduation from high school. Bob and Shirley Scalese were married at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cut Bank, Mont. on June 12, 1971.
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Bob took over the family ranch operation in the Gallatin Gateway area in 1969. Throughout his ranching and farming career, Bob was introduced to a number of challenges. He and Shirley sold the ranch in the Gallatin Gateway area and moved to Big Timber in December 1978. There they experience a severe drought and grasshopper infestation. They moved to St. Maries, Idaho in 1990, where they were flooded out prior to moving to Townsend in May 2000 where the Toston-Maudlaw fire presented them another challenge. Through those crisis's, Bob stepped up and met all of them with his head held high, his faith and hard work ethic helped him perceiver. It seemed as though he was comfortable in any situation, where he would take the leadership role in any crisis, community event or challenge for his family, a neighbor, friend or community.
For those who may not have known Bob, he was not just a farmer, but a person of the community, a kind, gentle man, a steward of the land, a man of great integrity and a man of his word. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and best friend who never knew a stranger.
Bob's favorite time of the year was harvest. He believed in hard work but also believed in playing hard. He assisted his wife in the quilt shop, especially during the annual sale. John Deere green and yellow was not the only colors in his spectrum.
While living in the Gallatin Gateway area, he served as president of the Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Townsend, the Elks Lodge in St. Maries, Idaho, a Board member of Rocky Mountain Supply and Board member of Montana Energy Alliance.
His hobbies were farming, bowling, being papa to four wonderful grandsons, World War II books and movies and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Townsend; his daughters, Nancy Wilson of Townsend, and Vicki Wilson of East Helena; his mother, Marie A. "Toni" Thompson of Bozeman; sisters, Connie Robohn of Spokane, Wash., Carol Martin of St. Maries, Idaho; grandchildren, Riley Wilson, Shayden Wilson, David Wilson and Jared Toney. He is also survived by many cousins, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home in Townsend. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church on Highway 12 East. Burial will follow in Deep Creek Cemetery. A funeral reception will be held in the multipurpose room of the high school immediately following the burial.
Memorials in Bob's name are suggested to the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 301 N. Cherry Street, Townsend, MT 59644 or to an organization or
. Please visit www.stevensonwilke.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Bob.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 4, 2014