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Robert Benjamin Chilson

Robert Benjamin Chilson, age 79, of Buffalo died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 at Glencoe Regional Health Services, where he had been hospitalized for six days.

He was born in Beloit, Wis. Sept. 27, 1926, the son of Benjamin and Amelia Dretke Chilson. The Chilson family originally came to Beloit from Sharon, Wis.

Robert was baptized Nov. 28, 1926 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis.; and instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at the same church May 25, 1941.

Bob graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1944.

He honorably served his country in the US Army during the waning days of World War II.

Following WWII, Bob attended Carthage College in Carthage, Ill., graduating from there in 1950. He later graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1951.

Robert married Beverly J. Olson June 11, 1949 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit. The Rev. Frank A. Berg officiated at the wedding ceremony. Their marriage was blessed with two sons.

Bob became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Illinois in 1953. In 1954, he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Wisconsin and was employed by the Ritter Funeral Home, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wis. for the next several years.

Eventually, Robert and Beverly, with their two young sons, returned to their hometown, Beloit, and opened the Chilson Funeral Home in February of 1957, which they operated for the next 19 years. It was sold in 1977.

Through the years as a Beloit funeral director, Bob provided livery service for the Monroe Funeral Home in Delevan, Wis. and worked many years, part- time, for his dear friends, Thomas Delehanty and his wife, of Loves Park, Ill.

Robert became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Minnesota in 1988 and joined his son and daughter-in-law in Buffalo. He was a very important part of the growth of the family’s funeral establishments. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 50 years. Funeral service and helping people in their time of need was his passion.

Robert belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, and was a former faithful member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit. He served two terms on Atonement’s church council.

He currently belonged to Buffalo’s Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow recipient. Bob was a member of American Legion Post 407 in Winsted.

Bob especially loved his grandchildren.

He survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bev Chilson; sons Kevin B. (Tami) Chilson of Winsted, Mark R. (Claire) Chilson of Centerville, Ohio; grandchildren Ruth Anne, Daniel, Amelia, Genevieve “Gen” and Dahkota “Cody” Chilson, and Benjamin and Sarah Chilson; step-grandchildren Ryan, Allison, and Corine Winkler; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Yvonne (Arthur) James of Beloit, Wis.; five nephews, a niece, other relatives, and many friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his father March 28, 1963, his mother on Dec. 23, 1975, a sister, Kathryn Teumer; mother-in-law Genevieve Olson Bone; and by friend, college classmate, and pastor, David E. Archie.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis. with the Rev. Tina Koenig Ray officiating. Interment with military rites followed at East Lawn Cemetery.

A visitation took place at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted Saturday, Nov. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., with an American Legion ritual at 3 p.m., and a prayer service 4 p.m. The Rev. John P. Folkerds officiated. Marlene Mohwinkel was the organist at the prayer service, and Rolf Mohwinkel sang “The Old Rugged Cross.” Claire Chilson sang “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Casket bearers were Benjamin Chilson, Daniel Chilson, Ryan Winkler, Milan Zumach, George “Mike” Leisher, and Duane Ottow.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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