Robert Thurman Wilson

1937-2018

Robert Wilson

Bob passed away on August 17, 2018, at Evergreen Hospice Care Center, Kirkland, Washington.  He was born in Seattle on October 19, 1937, to Dr. John I. Wilson and Flavilla Mae Wilson.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Aurelia (Lee) Wilson, son John Ross Wilson, daughter Kerry Ann Mayhall, daughter-in-law Cheryl Wilson, son-in-law Kurt Mayhall, four grandchildren, Nicholas Mayhall, Amelia Mayhall, Luke Wilson and Malia Wilson, sisters Patricia Fernandez and Susan Watson, and brother Richard Wilson, along with ten nieces and nephews and their families.

Bob lived his entire life in the Seattle/Kirkland area, except for his tour of active duty in the United States Air Force, four years of which were served in Wiesbaden, Germany.  He worked for many years in the title insurance industry until he retired in 2001.  He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a member of the Free and Accepted Masons when he was raised to Master Mason on January 5, 1989, in Kirkland Lodge #150.  He served as Worshipful Master in 1996-1997. 

He continued his Masonic life by joining the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry and was elected to receive the 33° of the Rite with the Class of 2005.  He was also a member of the York Rite of Free Masonry.  He was installed High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons, Overlake Chapter No. 67, in November 2000.  He was a member of a variety of concordant groups along the way and received many awards for recognition of his dedication to the Craft.  He was a member of the Nile Shrine in Mountlake Terrace and joined the Golf Club and Calliope Unit.  He served as Captain of the Calliope Unit several times. 

He had an enduring interest in children and young people and worked tirelessly for years with many organizations.  He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and enjoyed participating with his son’s troop and served as Scout Master for the local area.  He was a Director of the Scottish Rite Early Life Speech & Language program and the Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation.  He was also a Past Associate Bethel Guardian, Bethel #57, Kirkland, International Order of Job’s Daughters.  He joined Kirkland Kiwanis because of its mission for “improving the world one child and one community at a time.”  He loved being a member of the Nile Shrine Calliope Unit, driving the calliope in many parades over the years and reveling in the smiles and wonder of the children as the calliope drove by.

Bob was proud of his military service and, since 2005, he was a faithful and dedicated volunteer  at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle.  He was an avid golfer over the years and played many courses, but one of his favorites was the Nile Golf Course. In recent years he enjoyed playing with three friends who graduated from high school together in 1955 – Duane Wentz, Fred Davis and Ken Leren!  So special they had stayed connected/re-connected all those years!

Bob loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was a quiet, kind gentleman; a faithful, loving husband, adoring father and grandfather and a loyal friend.  His spirit will live on in the memories of his family and friends as we mourn his loss.  His wish would be for us to wipe away our tears and remember him with smiles and wonderful memories.

Services:  September 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Nile Golf & Country Club
6601 244th St. SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Private Interment:
Tahoma National Cemetery
Kent, Washington

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or to:

The Evergreen Hospice Care Center
12822 124th Lane NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

or the:
Scottish Rite Early Life Speech & Language Clinic
1207 N. 152nd St.,
Shoreline, WA 98133

7 Responses to “Robert Thurman Wilson”

  • Leo and Sharon Pakkala says:

    Bob Wilson was a dear and kind neighbor of ours for over 45 years. We raised our children together, and he was a reliable and trusted friend who kept an eye on our place when we were away. The Pakkala family loved him and will miss Bob. We were blessed to know him down through the years; we already miss him a great deal and mourn his passing. The world and our community were better places because Bob was a part of it.

  • Daniel Southerland says:

    Bob will be surly missed by all. His dedication to Masonry is unparalleled being an inspiration to all. I will miss his mentoring and fellowship we shared in both York & Scottish Rite and think of him often. Thank you to Bob’s family for sharing him with us these many years. There is now a void in many areas Bib filled that will take huge shoes to fill. Rest in Peace our Brother with our Great Architect.

  • Bill Reilly says:

    I worked with Bob in the Title Ins. Industry and was his customer when I moved to the Mortgage Business. I played many rounds of golf with Bob. He was a friend and a Good Man.

  • Brian Pakkala and Family says:

    “A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on.”

    We feel honored and blessed to have had Mr. Wilson “Hot Stuff” in our lives. He was kindness, love and laughter, selflessness and generosity.

    Please accept our condolences, we will never forget him.

  • Dave Howard says:

    I was deeply saddened after hearing the news of Bob’s passing. Bob and I shared a special friendship both in Lodge and as competitor’s on the golf course at Nile on a weekly basis. I even beat him ONCE and that was with the golf clubs he had just made for me.

    Bob was a constant source of inspiration and encouragement during some of my dark days both on a personal level and, most thankfully, on a fraternal level.

    We shared long drives up to Canada and all over Washington and District 7 visitations. His humor would last days in my mind. I truly loved that guy and we both felt a loss after I moved to Southern California.

    Lee (and Kerry), my heart is broken and my sincerest condolences go out to you as you continue on in life.

  • Most Rev E Jeffrey Craig says:

    Well done good and faithful servant! Rest now in the House of Our Lord not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens. Until we meet again, farewell my friend and brother. ++

  • Sue and Dan Cone says:

    Dear Lee, Kerry, John and family … it is with a heavy heart that I try to find words of comfort for you. When someone like Bob is called home, it leaves such a large void behind. Bob was a very special Man … dedicated, smart, selfless and kind. We will always remember the many happy memories shared through Jobies, and the bond that we’ve had as friends. Bob will live on in each of us through his good deeds, and for sharing his kind soul with us all. Our hearts are filled with Love and Prayers for you all. May Peace be with all of you. Rest well Bob Wilson.

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