The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

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Robert F. Wilson

7 January , 192810 June , 2019
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Robert F. Wilson, 91, of Davenport, passed away Monday, June 10th, 2019, at Manor Care Hospice, Bettendorf.

Services in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 15th at the Runge Mortuary. Family will greet friends and relatives from 9-10 a.m. Funeral and graveside services to be held starting at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Robert was born January 7th, 1928, in Robinson, IL to Franklin and Elsie (Bright) Wilson. He grew up in Rock Island and Davenport. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in February of 1946 and served overseas in the South Pacific building air strips, holding the title of Corporal (Technician Fifth Grade). Robert married Kay Kline in Rock Island, IL on November 10th, 1967.

Robert used his military trade and passion to start Bi-State Crane Company, then Wilson Construction. He enjoyed racing his modified stock car, collecting antique tractors, and going to the Walcott Coliseum every Friday night. He was a member of the Local 537 Engineers, John Deere Green Club, Moose, Eagles, and the Izaak Walton League.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 51 years, Kay Wilson; daughter, Brenda (John) Swanson of Walcott, IA; son, Rick (Cathy) Wilson of Atlanta, GA; granddaughter, Kayla (Michael) Black of Mechanicsville, IA; and great-grandchildren, Khloe and Ryder Black.

He was proceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Van De Sompele; daughter, Robin (Wilson) Murphy; and grandson, Casey Wilson.

A special thank you extended to the VA, Genesis Hospice, Denny and Linda McNeal, Marv Jack, and The Vernon Family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Research in the name of Robert Wilson at: www.act.alz.org/donate.


  • Franklin Wilson, Father (deceased)
  • Elsie (Bright) Wilson, Mother (deceased)
  • Kay (Kline) Wilson, Wife
  • Brenda (John) Swanson, Daughter
  • Rick (Cathy) Wilson, Son
  • Robin (Wilson) Murphy, Daughter (deceased)
  • Kayla (Michael) Black, Granddaughter
  • Casey Wilson, Grandson (deceased)
  • Khloe Black, Great Grandchild
  • Ryder Black, Great Grandchild
  • Evelyn Van De Sompele, Sister (deceased)

  • John Swanson, Pallbearer
  • Michael Black, Pallbearer
  • Steve Kline, Pallbearer
  • Joe Bain, Pallbearer
  • Steve Vernon, Pallbearer
  • Don Kline, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, 15 June , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 15 June , 2019


Robert F. Wilson

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Dennis. Nancy Carlson

12 June 2019

So sorry for loss You took great care of him. I can relate to you in every way. I’m going through the same thing Dementia is very bad. He lived a good life I’m Tyler slack grandmother Prayers to all your family. God Bless

Kent & Gerri Bowers

11 June 2019

Kaye & family, So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a very kind man & we so enjoyed him being in birthday club. You took wonderful care of him May God bless you & give comfort. We will be there Sat.
Much Love
Kent & Gerri


Forever In Our Hearts


Forever In Our Hearts



Robert F. Wilson was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Robert will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Robert was born on January 7, 1928 at home in Robinson, Illinois. He was the son of Franklin and Elsie (Bright) Wilson. Robert grew up in Rock Island, Illinois.

Robert was raised with one sister, Evelyn. Robert was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his sister. He and his sibling experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

As a young boy, Robert had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Robert was an active child who took part in baseball. In his spare time he liked to spend time with horses and working on his grandpa's farm. However, to Robert, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

On November 10, 1967 Robert exchanged wedding vows with Kay Kline at the Rock Island Courthouse in Rock Island, Illinois. Empathic and loyal, Robert was committed to making his new family happy.

Robert worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Robert was blessed with two daughters, Brenda and Robin. Another blessing for Robert was the gift of one granddaughter, Kayle and, two great grandchildren, Khloe and Ryder.

Fortunately, Robert enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Robert worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation owner and operator of Bi-State Crane Company and Wilson Construction. Robert always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Robert was an U. S. Army veteran. He served overseas in the South Pacific building airstrips. Through his hard work, he achieved the rank of Corporal Technician Fifth Grade. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

Robert enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were racing modified stock cars, collecting antique tractors and going to Walcott Coliseum every Friday night. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Robert found pleasure in sports. In high school, Robert participated in track. Recreational sports included tractors and horse shows.

Throughout his life, Robert was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Robert was a member of the Local 537 Engineers, John Deere Green Club, Moose Club, Eagles Club and Izaak Walton League.

Robert was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. So it is little wonder that he took an active role in his community, serving on committees for the Quarter Horse Association. Politically, Robert was Democrat.

When Robert’s retirement finally arrived in 1965, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found pleasure in working in the yard, attending horse shows and dancing. Even in retirement, Robert continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Robert was active in his new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

Robert passed away on June 10, 2019 at Manorcare Health Services. Dementia and kidney failure. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Jan Mau of Davenport, IA; son, Jeffery (Ann Marie) Mau of Davenport, IA; daughter, Jennifer Mau of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Avery Panganiban of Portland, OR and Hunter Mau of Davenport, IA; sister, Sandy (Ed) Winborn of Davenport, IA; and brother, Ron (Cheryl) Mau of Bettendorf, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Denise Griffin. Services were held in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Robert was laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park, Davenport, Iowa.

Simply stated, Robert was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Robert leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Robert F. Wilson.