Wilson, Robert "Bob"
Robert "Bob" Wilson, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 surrounded by his family. Bob was the son of Fred and Marion (McCabe) Wilson and born on April 4, 1931 in Oshkosh. He married Gert Reichenberger on September 26, 1951 in Oshkosh. She preceded him in death on July 5, 2007.
Bob attended St. Norbert College where he played football and was inducted into the St. Norbert College Hall of Fame as a member of the 1950-52 undefeated team. After graduation, he went into the U. S. Army and was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey as a 1st lieutenant, platoon leader, physical education and weapon instructor. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1956, Bob began his teaching and coaching career in Reedsville, Wisconsin. He taught physical education and was the head coach of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He and his family moved to Oconto, Wisconsin in 1960 where he taught biology and driver education. He also was the head coach of the football team.
In 1966, he again moved his family to Green Bay and taught elementary physical education and co-coached the West High School JV football team. Soon after moving to Green Bay, he transferred to the West High School teaching staff and taught biology and became the assistant varsity football coach. After several years, he transferred to Edison Junior High teaching life science and coaching the Preble High School freshman football team. Upon retiring in 1990, Bob joined the coaching staff at St. Norbert College as the defensive line coach for four years. Bob also officiated football and basketball for 25 years, both on the high school and college level. He was a member of the first Northwestern Officials Association in the Green Bay area as well as serving as past president of the association. Bob was also on the board of directors and served one term as president of the Northern Step Drill Team. Bob enjoyed golfing with his buddies and was an avid Packers fan.
He is survived by his three daughters, Christine (Mike Fuller) Wilson, Judy Servais and Barb Simons; four grandchildren, Stephanie Servais, Michelle Servais and special friend, Brian Brandt, Kasey Schulze and fiancée, Bryan Neumann and Kevin (Kaitlyn) Schulze; one great-granddaughter, Peyton Schulze; one brother-in-law, Richard "Ticker" (Susie) Reichenberger; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Reichenberger and Terry Glassknapp; and many nieces, nephews,cousins, other relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Gert; one son-in-law, Don Simons; his father-in-law and mother-in-law; brothers-in-law, Ralph, Joe, Vern, Don Reichenberger and Mark Hopper; and sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Hopper and Adeline Reichenberger.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, from 4:00 pm until the prayer service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 2270 S. Oneida Street, from 10:00 am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am with Rev. John H. Harper officiating. Military honors will follow. Entombment will be at Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com. A memorial fund has been established in Bob's name.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Jason Wurth, the staff of Odd Fellows Home, especially Paula, nurse practitioner, for their wonderful care and concern at this especially difficult time.
Lyndahl Funeral Home
1350 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24, 2014