Robert H. Wilton, age 92, of Carlyle, passed away Sunday, August 23 at Carlyle Healthcare Center. Funeral services for 92 year old Robert H. Wilton will be Thursday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle. Burial will be in Carlyle Township Cemetery in Carlyle with military honors. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Zieren Funeral Home in Carlyle and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Carlyle High School Music Department or to the First United Methodist Church General Fund.
Mr. Wilton was born on February 24, 1923, in Carlyle, Illinois, a son of Walter W. and Jennie L. (Baxter) Wilton. He married Olive L. Steggall on October 22, 1945, in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She preceded him in death on February 26, 2003.
Mr. Wilton is survived by 2 sons – Robert E. Wilton of Carlyle and Michael Wilton and wife Barb of Carlyle; 3 Grandchildren – David Wilton and special friend Stephanie Williams, Jenny Hotze -Wilton and spouse Reverend Katie Hotze-Wilton and Laurie Diamond; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Owen Hotze-Wilton and Courtney, Hollyn and Ian Diamond; and a daughter-in-law – Beth Wilton.
Mr. Wilton was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother – Ralph Wilton and a Grandson-in-law – Thomas Diamond.
Mr. Wilton proudly served the Army in World War II under the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (S.H.A.E.F.). He was the Regional Director of the Boot and Shoe Workers Union, a Clinton County Board member, Carlyle City Clerk, and Chairman of the Clinton County War Memorial. Bob managed Carlyle’s team in the Clinton County Baseball League, and was elected to the Clinton County Baseball Hall of Fame. He was an avid fan of all St. Louis Sports teams. Mr. Wilton was a member of First United Methodist Church, Carlyle V.F.W. Post 3523, Carlyle American Legion Post 404, Centralia Elks BPOE Lodge #493, and Scott Lodge #79. He was a talented musician, and during his military service Bob played in the “S.H.A.E.F. Invaders” band and later in the “Jack Scott Band.” He was the Post Bugler for the V.F.W. and American Legion, and played Taps at many a Memorial Day Celebration and military services. Bob began playing Taps at veterans’ services when he was 9 years old and played well into his 80’s. He played at over 700 Veterans’ services.
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