"Bob" Wildrick

Robert Andrew "Bob" Wildrick, 94, passed away in Dallas on Jan 24, 2013. He was born in Chicago, Ill., on April 2, 1918, to Nelson and Hattye Wildrick. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Bob is survived by his son, Robert Wildrick, of Palm Beach, Fla.; son, William Wildrick and wife Mary, of Snohomish, Wash.; daughter, Judith and husband Harry DeOld, of Washington, Vt.; son-in-law, Steven Kirkbride, of Oconomowoc, Wis.; daughter, Jana and husband Royce Wisenbaker Jr., of Tyler; daughter, Holly and husband Jeff Tevonian, of Sachse; grandchildren, Shannon Wildrick, Jennifer Wildrick, Billie Wildrick, Willow Falkenbush, Brooke Brown, Lindsay Barrett, Andrew Kirkbride, Kelly Randa, Carrie Konopacki, Robert Kirkbride, Royce Wisenbaker III, Gena Wisenbaker, Brian Wisenbaker, Melissa Wisenbaker, Casey Tevonian, Robert Tevonian; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Roberta; daughter, Robin; sister, Florence; parents, Nelson and Hattye.

Bob was a military veteran and received many medals for his service, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After being discharged from the military, Bob dedicated his life to his wife and six children. Bob had a great passion for sales and worked as executives for Wieboldt's in Chicago, AMC in New York City and Steinbach in New Jersey. After semi-retirement, he moved with his wife to Tyler where a passion for people and sales bit Bob again, helping his wife open the retail store "Holly's Hanger" and his own paint and wallpaper store. After many years, both stores were closed so both husband and wife could retire, but that was not for Bob, so he took a part-time job with Cassity Jones and also started to help his son-in-law, Royce, and daughter, Jana, with Dixon Christmas Tree Farms, where he was manager of sales for 20 years. Bob will be missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Restland Funeral Home, Greenville Ave., Dallas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded War Project or The Salvation Army.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 5, 2013