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1000 7th St
Clarkston, WA | 99403
509-758-2556
3521 7th Street
Lewiston, ID | 83501
208-743-9464

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Obituary for Robert Wilsey

Robert James Wilsey passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at age 85.

Bob was born Oct. 26, 1931, in Clarkston, to Marjorie (Hall) and James Wilsey, and was the oldest of five children. Bob grew up in Anatone, where he attended school through the sixth grade. He was the smartest one in the sixth grade - he was the only one in the class. Bob's family then moved to Clarkston, where he finished his education, graduating from Clarkston High School in 1950.

After graduation, he went to work as a mechanic for Gray Webb Buick. In 1951, he and several of his high school classmates enlisted in the U.S. National Guard, spending most of his military years at Camp Carson, Colo. Bob was discharged from the 148th Field Artillery Battalion with the rank of master sergeant after the Korean War in 1953 and stayed with the National Guard until 1955.

On Oct. 2, 1955, Bob married Betty Rauch from Colton. They were married at St. Stanislaus Church in Lewiston and lived in Clarkston before moving in 1957 to Lewiston, where he lived until his death. Bob worked at the Buick garage until 1980, when he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and was no longer able to do mechanical work. Bob then worked as an instructor in auto mechanics at Lewis-Clark State College for a short time until his eyesight prohibited him from working.

Bob and Betty have two sons: Brian (Janet) and granddaughter Sara of Lewiston, and Gary (Jackie) and grandson Alex of Renton, Wash. Bob is survived by one brother, Jerry, of Pomeroy, and sister Karen Forgey of Spokane. He was preceded in passing by his parents, his sister, Lois, and brother, Lyle.

Bob's pride and joy was his 1949 GMC pickup truck, which he restored over nine years to the original body. He also enjoyed going to Monday morning coffee with all of his Army buddies, camping, fishing, boating and many other outdoor activities. Bob spent many summers on the Snake River at Ausman's Beach, swimming and water skiing with his family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Brian and Janet Wilsey's home, 1935 Allmon Drive, Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association.
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