Robert Orvel Wilcock timed it really well....on the last day of the month, the last day of the year and the last day of the decade, he lived his last day with Alzheimers' as he took his last breath here on earth surrounded by his wife, children and those who loved him.
He was born on February 19, 1935 in Lovell, Wyoming to Helen Sessions and Orvel Jesse Wilcock. Growing up in that little town in Wyoming helped him learn to find great joy in the simple things of life, like the outdoors, camping, fishing, a good ice cream cone or piece of pie, music, chopping wood and building a fire, spending time with family, learning and reading, and a beautiful sunrise or sunset. He had a deep-seated love for his country and he truly enjoyed living life to the fullest.
Robert accepted a call to serve a full time mission to the Hawaiian Islands in 1955-1957 and when he returned, he met his eternal sweetheart, Antonette (Tonie) Hamblin at BYU. They were married in the St. George Temple on July 20, 1959. Together they had 8 children and adopted a daughter, 38 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.
One of Robert's greatest joys and talents was his ability to connect with and love those he taught. He spent his life teaching for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' Education System as a Seminary Teacher and Institute Teacher/Director. Teaching was his passion and it's been said he loved to teach more than he loved to eat (and if you know him, you understand that is saying A LOT!) He earned his Bachelor's degree from BYU, his Master's Degree from Adams State College, and at the age of 50 he received his Doctorate Degree in Family Studies from Brigham Young University. He taught Seminary in Parowan Utah, and Institute at Adams State College in Colorado, El Camino Community College and Cerritos University in California (where he directed the Grand Land Singers), Powell Wyoming institute at Northwest Community College, University of Texas and finally ended his career teaching at the University of Utah. He was also asked to open the first Institute program in Denver Colorado.
He loved to serve and held many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Stake High Council, Bishopric Counselor and Bishop.
After retiring, Robert and Tonie served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bulgaria, New Mexico and Rock Springs WY. They loved serving and sharing their love for their Heavenly Father and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Robert is preceded in death by his mother Helen Sessions WIlcock, father Jesse Orvel Wilcock, brother Frank WIlcock, sister Barbara Long and great grandson Jacolby Robert Wilcock.
He is survived by his wife Antonette (Tonie) Hamblin Wilcock, and children Bobette (Greg) Herman, Robert Byron (Kathy) Wilcock, LaDonna (Steve) Gale, Aimee (Mike) Davis, Jonathan (Wendi) Wilcock, David (Emily) Wilcock, Michelle (Tracy) Burnham, Janet (Jeff) Garner, Lilya Hristova and their children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure to know and love him!
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Timpview Fifth Ward Chapel, 865 West 1000 North, Orem, Utah. Family and friends may attend a viewing Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church and from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the services on Friday. Interment will be in the Lindon City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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