HIGHANDS – Robert E. Wilson, 91, of Highlands, formerly of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
In 2016, Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dawn Wilson. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his two brothers.
Bob served in the 511th Army Paratrooper Division as well as a Draftsman in that division during WWII. Bob was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Army Occupational Medal Japan. He was a parachute rigger who was also rated for sailplanes and hot air balloons. Bob had an avid love for all things that fly. He knew all planes from the inside out. He had been a check pilot and an Antique Airplane judge for 25 years, receiving many aviation ratings throughout his life. He raced airplanes and did aerobatics at airshows always for fun. Bob built many airplanes and flew them each. In his spare time, he was also involved with RC planes. Bob ended his professional aviation career, retiring as an Airline Captain at one of the largest airlines at the time, with the highest seniority level of all other pilots.
Bob’s flying career started with being a crop duster, ending as a Captain of the DC10. Flying was in his blood.
Bob also enjoyed motorcycle trips with friends and making beautiful artwork and carvings, one of which was displayed in the Cherokee Museum. Bob was kind and generous and will truly be missed.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda Barrett; two grandchildren, Jessica Shick and Michael Barrett and two great grandchildren, Kadence Shick and Bianka Barrett.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.