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Robert A. Pilkington, 81, of Decatur, died on Monday, February 18, 2013, at Bay Pines V.A. Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bob was born in Alliance, Nebaska., on March 4, 1931, to the late Leonard and Ruth M. (Leonard) Pilkington.
He married Wilma Fredenburg on November 1, 1952; she survives.
Bob was a member of First United Methodist Church and its choir. He was a member of the Decatur Lions Club, American Legion Post 43, and Disabled American Veterans. Bob graduated in 1965 from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., with a BA and MA. He was in the United States Marines Corp during the Korean Conflict.
He was a teacher and coach for North Adams Community Schools from 1969-1989. Bob was the head of the Industrial Arts Dept. at Bellmont and led the ICT program. He was a defensive coach for Bellmont varsity football and head coach for varsity baseball, and an assistant coach for wrestling. He was involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Bob and Wilma were avid sailors. He had his captain’s license on Lake Michigan and chartered sunset boat rides. They retired and sailed to the Bahamas during the winters for seven years.
Among survivors are his daughter, Penny (Jim) Spiegel of Sebring, Fla.; two sons, Steven (Mary) Pilkington of Decatur and Ron (Wendy) Pilkington of Napoleon, Ohio; sister, Helen Stafford of Denver, Colo.; sister-in-law, Marjean Pilkington of Culver City, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Shelley (Brian) Glisson, Sean Spiegel, Shaanan Spiegel, Kayla Rose (Brad) Goodwin, Corey Pilkington, Sarah Pilkington, Rachel Pilkington, and Jenna Pilkington; and four great-grandchildren, Gavin, Megan, Caleb and Grady Glisson.
Bob was preceded in death by a brother, sister, and grandson, Seth Samuel Spiegel.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, February 22, at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, and from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, at First United Methodist Church.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Officiating will be Rev. Martha Lyon. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 43.
Preferred memorials may be made to Bay Pines VA Hospital-Fisher House or First U.M.C. Missions.
Online condolences may be made at www.haggardandsefton.com.