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Robert "Bob" Clinton Wilson

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Robert "Bob" Wilson Obituary

Robert (Bob) Clinton Wilson, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 7, 2023, at age 89.  Bob was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was the only child of Clinton “Ross” and Beda (Aronson) Wilson. He graduated from Robbinsdale high school where he played basketball and trumpet. He went on to earn an electronics degree from the Dunwoody Institute of Technology.  Bob married Joan Johnson on June 20, 1959, and together they had two boys, Scott and Mark.

After graduating from Dunwoody, Bob started his career with AT&T in electronics and progressed to sales, marketing and management.  His career with AT&T took him and his family from Minneapolis to Kansas City, the Bay area of California, and finally New Jersey where he stayed with AT&T until his retirement in 1989.

No matter where Bob lived, his heart was always at Lake Vermilion.  He had family on the lake, and during his childhood, he vacationed with his parents at their cabin.  He carried on this tradition with his own boys.  After retiring at age 55, he finally built his dream home on the lake in 1991 where he lived until he died.  He enjoyed woodworking, built four wood boats, and completed most of the woodwork on his dream home. 

After Bob retired, he gave much of his time to the Vermilion Lake Association by serving as treasurer, pioneering the invasive species program, working on the shore lunch sites and more.  He also volunteered at the St. James Presbyterian Church as treasurer and board member.  Bob enjoyed singing.  He sang with a barber shop chorus, the church choir and Choralaires of Virginia, Minnesota.  He also enjoyed driving and working on his 1968 Volvo P1800S and attending car events throughout the country. 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and son Mark.  He is survived by his wife Joan of 64 years, son Scott (Laura), daughter-in-law Jill, and granddaughter Leah Peterson.  He will be greatly missed by all.

The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. Pastor Richard Blood will officiate. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth at a later date.

Memorials are preferred, and may be directed to: Vermilion Lake Association,  P.O. Box 236, Cook, MN 55723.

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December 20, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
304 Spruce Street
Tower, MN 55790

Memorial Service
December 20, 2023

11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
304 Spruce Street
Tower, MN 55790


Vermilion Lake Association
PO Box 236, Cook MN 55723


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