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Robert L. Wilson


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Robert L. Wilson Obituary
Sept. 12, 1927 - July 9, 2018 Woodland The youngest of six children, Bob was born in Pueblo, CO, to Irma and Joe Perry Wilson. After retiring from grocery store management at the onset of World War II, Bob's father volunteered his expertise to the War Department to help provision troops at Mare Island Naval Base, and the Department accepted. The family moved to Vallejo, where Bob graduated from Vallejo High School. Too young to enter the military, Bob joined the Merchant Marine at the age of 17 with service in Japan and the Philippines. Upon turning 18, he enlisted in the Army and served as an MP at the Tokyo War Crimes Trials for Japanese officials including Hideki Tojo who, as Japanese Prime Minister, ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a young PFC during the entire trial proceedings, Bob kept detailed notes and a photographic record that exists to this day. Upon discharge, Bob earned his B.S. degree in political science from the University of San Francisco. Bob was known as a keen observer of world history and political events. In 1951 Bob married Virginia McCracken, the beautiful girl next door. As a young man, Bob answered a help wanted ad for what he thought was a job with a tile company. Actually, it was a title company, and so began Bob's long and successful career as a title officer and executive in Solano, Yolo, and Sacramento Counties. Throughout his life Bob exemplified community service through his work with Sea Scouts, Boy Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and fundraising for numerous organizations. Bob and Virginia were members of the Yolo Fliers Club for nearly 50 years. Bob loved golf, fishing, camping, music, dancing, and most of all his family, including Virginia, his wife of 66 years who passed away last year. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Singleton; sons, Hugh (Lisa), Stephen (Eileen), and Gary (Nancie); daughter, LuAnn; seven grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Bob was often heard to say he was "the luckiest man alive". A celebration of Bob's life will be held at Yolo Fliers Club at noon on Tuesday, July 17. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the or Yolo County Hospice.
Published in Daily Democrat from July 14 to July 17, 2018
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