Robert A. Gilkey

By on September 22, 2011

Robert A. Gilkey, 75, Fort Atkinson, Wis., died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at home.

He was born on December 10, 1935 in Fort Atkinson, the son of the late Edwin and Helen (Paulson) Gilkey.

Bob married Janice M. Mitchell on April 14, 1984 in Yorkville. He was a graduate of the Elburn High School in Elburn, Illinois, class of 1955.

Following high school, he joined the Army and served from 1955-1958. Bob was employed by Lyon Metal Products in Montgomery for 37 years. Most recently, he was employed by Blodgett Garden Center in Fort Atkinson for 16 years. He was a member of the Aurora Lodge No. 254 A.F. & A.M. and the Shrine Club in Illinois. Bob enjoyed motorcycles, motorcycle racing, snowmobiles and boats. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Jan; three sons, Greg of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Michael of Waynesville, N.C., Steven (Rhonda) of Monument, Colo.; two daughters-in-law, Susan Gilkey of Lebanon, Tenn. and Sara Gilkey of Waynesville; seven grandchildren, Kyle, Rob and Coleena, Maggie and Jim, Garrett and Austin; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Harrington of Illinois; one brother-in-law, Frank Wood of Elburn; one sister-in-law, Paula Hildebrand of Yorkville; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and his companion dogs, Hooper and Cody.

Also preceding in death was his brother, Jim; and sister, Clarice Wood.

Memorial and Masonic services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at 2 p.m., at the Dunlap Memorial Home with friend, Jack Blodgett officiating. Memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice Care, who gave Bob such wonderful care.