Robert Gary Wilson (Bob/Bud)

Bob was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, grew up in Clinton, MO, and graduated with a BA in Social Studies from Central Missouri State College (1956). Bob married JoAnn Elwell on May 27, 1956. He reported to the United States Army in June 1956. He was discharged as a Sergeant to the Reserve in July 1957 and began Law School at the University of Michigan in August 1957. Bob and JoAnn eventually moved to Raytown, MO, to raise their family. He was a finance executive at National Bellas Hess Co., Vice President at Centerre Bank of North Kansas City, MO, and in 1986 opened and operated his Financial Planning practice.

Bob believed in volunteering in his church and community. At Raytown Christian Church, he served: on committees; as a Deacon; as a Sunday School teacher; sang in the choir; played in the handbell choir, and supported the youth choir tour trips. Bob earned the CB handle, Bobtail, and was known for “shortcuts” while driving on choir trip tours. In the community, he served on the Board of Education for Raytown Schools for 18 years, was a Board Member and Board President of the Raytown-Lee’s Summit Community Credit Union, a member of Kiwanis Club, a Mason with Alpha Lodge #659, and a Docent at the Harry Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

Bob was an avid reader of science fiction and enjoyed birdwatching with JoAnn. He and JoAnn loved traveling across the United States and Canada. Travel was one of the best gifts given to his family; there was always a new adventure somewhere exciting.

For 8.5 years, Bob resided at John Knox Village (JKV) Care Center in Lee’s Summit, MO, with JoAnn by his side. His concern for others was always top of mind as he developed relationships with the JKV team and volunteers.

Surviving Bob is his wife, JoAnn; son, Kevin (Athena) Wilson; daughter, Julia Ann Sledd (Wilson), grandchildren Garrett, Emily, and Katie.

Memorial donations in honor of Bob may be made to: Raytown Christian Church Memorial Fund, 6108 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133, and
Raytown Educational Foundation, 10750 E 350 Highway, Raytown, MO 64138.
A Celebration of Life is planned for late January 2023.


  1. Earlene Stubbs on December 20, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    JoAnn and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all..

  2. Earlene Stubbs on December 20, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    JoAnn and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all..May God give you strength and peace

  3. Harry Simpson on December 21, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Rest Robert, until you hear at dawn, the low, clear reveille of God.
    Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Army.

  4. Brice, Garry and Tish on December 22, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Our thoughts and prayers Are with you all. We than Bob for his service his country and his many contributions to his church and community. May he now rest in the company of the Saints and Angels in Heaven.

  5. Priscilla Reckling on January 2, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    Athena & Kevin
    Sorry to hear of your loss of this dear man. I trust you have many wonderful memories and stories. I hope those bring you comfort at this time.

  6. Julia Moseley Gomez CMSU on January 3, 2023 at 8:31 am

    JoAnn, Julie, Kevin and Athena,
    My heart breaks for you all, God bless. I can hear your Bob’s strong voice in my head. He was a a generous man and helped a lot of people. I can only aspire to be as influential as he was. Hugs to all!

  7. daryl benedict on January 3, 2023 at 10:13 am

    Rest in peace BOB. May GOD grant your family peace and grace during this sad time. May THE HOLY SPIRIT fill their hearts with JOY knowing that you are in GOD’S arms forever!
    I always enjoyed your insight on worldly events while our extended families gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Your request for blessings of our meal and for our families was worth hearing! YOU WILL BE MISSED !

  8. Mary Kay Ryan on January 3, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Julie and family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know how much you loved your dad and he will be truly missed. God BLess You All. Mary Kay Ryan (aka- Merky)

  9. Johnna & Chris Lintecum on January 3, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Kevin & Athena, we are thinking about you and your family during this sad time. We hope this finds you smiling as you reminisce about Bob’s life and his impact in your lives.

  10. Donna Ryan on January 3, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Julie. He sounds like he lived a beautiful life.

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