Wilfred K. Robinson

MORRIS—Wilfred K. “Bill” Robinson, 82, of rural Morris, passed away Jan. 2, 2019.
He was born on March 19, 1936 in Shenandoah, IA. Bill moved with his family to their farm near Mazon.  He was educated in Mazon schools and obtained his pilot's license while still in high school. Throughout his life, aside from his family, flying was his greatest joy. He graduated from the University of Illinois and worked as a flight instructor at the University of Illinois Flight School in Urbana, IL.
In January of 1957, Bill married Jean Ann Holderman, of rural Morris, and together raised three children on their farm in Morris. Bill and his family moved to Morris in 1963 after accepting a position as an airline pilot based at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.  After 33 years as a pilot, Bill retired as a Captain for Delta Airlines in 1996.  When not flying, Bill was busy farming with his family.
After retirement, Bill continued to farm, enjoyed traveling, and pursued many interests, including hunting, skiing and photography. Bill was always willing to play his ever-present harmonica for all to enjoy.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his three children; Alissa (Michael) McCormick, Fred (Benita) Robinson and David Robinson; three grandchildren: Hayley (Ryan) Wendling, Eric Robinson and Hadley McCormick; one sister, Sue (Bill) Andrews, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jean Ann (Holderman) Robinson; his parents, Donald F. Robinson and Dorothy (Coe) Robinson and brother-in-law, Gerald Lanier.   
The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Park Pointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and Joliet Area Hospice for their caring support during Bill's time there.  
Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 11 from 4-7 p.m. at the Fruland Funeral Home in Morris. A Celebration of Life will be held  Jan. 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Morris Country Club in Morris.  Burial will be held in a private family ceremony at a later date.          Preferred memorials may be made as a gift in Bill's memory to ICARE International, 880 Bedford Rd., Morris, IL 60450; Joliet Area Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431 or to the donor's choice.  
For more information and to sign the private online guestbook go to www.frulandfuneralhome.com.
Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., Morris is in charge of arrangements.