Robert D. Wilkinson
Age 92 of Mazon passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at his home.
Born April 5, 1927, Robert Donald was a son of Joseph and Olive Baker-Wilkinson. He was raised and educated in Mazon, and graduated from Mazon-Verona-Kinsman High School. On March 8, 1947, Bob married Marie Burkhart, and together they traveled half around the world while Bob served in the military.
An honorable Veteran of the United States Army, Bob enlisted in April of 1946; served in the Signal Corps for five years, and in 1949 became stationed in Japan with his wife. In July of 1950 Bob was deployed to fight in the Korean Conflict where he earned five Battle Stars, and a Bronze Star for meritorious service. In December 1951 Bob returned to the States where he attended Missile and Guided Missile School in EL Paso, Texas, and in 1960 was sent to West Germany where he served for four years abroad. Upon his return in 1964, Bob continued to work in the missile field until he retired as a CWO4 on May 31, 1970. Following his retirement Bob began farming and raised Murray Grey Cattle, which he enjoyed until his death
Survivors include three children: Roberta M. (the late Kenneth) Barnes of Arizona; Daniel G. (Laurie) Wilkinson of Mazon, and Tamara D. (Kevin) Halterman of Dwight; his son-in-law, Dennis Williams of Delaware; grandchildren: Patrick (Barb) Williams, Kristen Duhadaway, Brian (Tina) Barnes, Cynthia Barnes, Timothy Wilkinson, Eric (Amber) Wilkinson, Kaitlyn (Kody) Kokemiller, Samuel (Allison) Halterman and Lukas Halterman (Ashley Backos); (17) great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marie; daughter, Sandra L. Williams; two sisters: Edith Marie in infancy, and Addie Welsh, and two brothers: Dick Wilkinson and Warren Wilkinson.
Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment with full military honors will take place in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois at a later date.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Robert's memory to MVK Ambulance Service, Mazon American Legion, Joliet Area Community Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association.
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