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Robert L. Wilkins
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Obituary for Robert L. Wilkins

Robert L. Wilkins, age 92 of Plainfield, formerly of Glen Ellyn, IL, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born October 17, 1925 in Columbus, OH to his loving late parents, Robert and Helen Wilkins.

Cherished husband of Janet H. Wilkins, wedded on January 3, 1984.

Beloved dad of Alison (Kolo) Bell of Noblesville, IN and Laura Lee Wilkins of Iowa City, IA.

Loving step-dad of Greg (Amber) Johnson of Elgin, IL, Darren (Suanne) Johnson of Glen Ellyn, IL, and Brent (Michele) Johnson of Libertyville, IL.

Adored grandpa of 12 and great-grandpa of 6.

Fond brother of Shirley (the late Art) Varneau.

Bob was a proud US Army Air Corp veteran in WWII. He trained as a pilot during the War and continued his love of flying for most of his life. Bob graduated from The Ohio State University class of 1950. Bob worked as an engineer in hydraulics and started his hydraulics company called Racine-Chicago Engineering Corp., specializing in industrial hydraulics. Bob enjoyed scuba diving, competitive diving, snow skiing, golf, and figure skating. He was musically talented and enjoyed singing at many piano bars all over the world!

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name to Community Christian Church at Carillon, 21146 S. Carillon Drive, Plainfield, IL 60544.

Memorial Visitation: Monday, June 25th 10:00-11:00 at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 15219 S. Joliet Rd., (Corners of Rts. 30 & 59) Plainfield, IL 60544.

Memorial Service to follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Interment is private. For more information, please call 815-436-9221 or

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Memorial Visitation




10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Overman-Jones Funeral Home

15219 Joliet Rd.
Plainfield, IL 60544

Memorial Service




11:00 AM
Overman-Jones Funeral Home

15219 Joliet Rd.
Plainfield, IL 60544

Memorial Contribution

Community Christian Church at Carillon

21146 S. Carillon Drive
Plainfield, Illinois 60544

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