HELENA Robert V. Wilson, 90, of Helena, died of natural causes on Nov. 23, at Apple Rehab Cooney Home in Helena.
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Memorial Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Retz Funeral Home. Burial with military honors to follow at Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison. Reception will follow immediately after burial at Fort Harrison Service Club.
Robert was born on June, 6, 1922, second of nine children to Walker Wilson Sr. and Annie Pearl Brown in a cabin on Arrow Creek near Geraldine, Montana.
He married Frances Laura Rae in Canada on Aug. 13, 1943. To this union seven children were born.
Robert entered the Army/Air Force on Sept. 17, 1942, serving our country in World War II in the British Isles. His decoration and citations are: American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal CMAN, TT, AFPD 4247/45.
He worked for the Anaconda Company for 24 ½ years before venturing into Truck driving, delivering produce to Canada from California and Mexico. For his third retirement he worked at Bauma Post Yard another 20 years and finally called it enough.
He had a very adventuristic mind spending most of his free time exploring and claiming old mines around the Lincoln area, some logging of post and poles and lastly the quoting of the Constitution.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two daughters Ann Smock and Cathy Wilson; one son John Wilson; two sisters Mertle Wilson and Margaret Groot; and two brothers Luddy Gorwell and Harold Wilson.
His smiles, jokes and jabs will be missed by his surviving family; Walter (Edye) Wilson of Vaughn; Steve Wilson of Great Falls; Jesse Wilson of Lincoln; Nancy (Tom) Ramberg of Helena; siblings Walter (Kathy) Wilson of Simms, Don (Doris) Wilson of Libby, Rich (Gail) Wilson of Great Falls and Mabel Webster of Whitehall; and sister-in-law Betty Wilson of Choteau; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
To Honor our Father's wishes, some of his cremated remains will be scattered in the Bob Marshall Wilderness so he can continue to torment the environmentalists.
If desired, memorials in Vernon's name may be made to the Lewis and Clark Veterans Council Honor Guard, 1272 Lucches Road, Helena, MT 59602.
Condolences to the family or to share a memory of Vernon, please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 26, 2012