Dr. Robert Wayne ‘Bob’ Wilken

EUGENE, Ore. – Dr. Robert Wayne “Bob” Wilken, 83, of Eugene, Ore., formerly of Fairmont, passed away Aug. 8, 2014. A celebration of his life to share memories will be held 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Country Inn, Eugene, Ore.

Bob was born June 4, 1931, in Fairmont, Minn., to Alvin and Melva Wilken. Bob attended Fairmont schools, graduating as valedictorian from Fairmont High School, where he excelled not only in academics, but in sports (achieving 12 varsity letters). He went on to St. Olaf College, and then to the University of Minnesota Medical School. He pursued the specialty of Radiology at the Mayo Clinic. He served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and was a member of the U.S. bob-sled team. He and his family moved to Eugene in 1963. He joined Radiology Associates, PC, and practiced in Eugene for 30 years. He served as head of the Radiology Department at Sacred Heart Hospital for four years. He was active in the American Cancer Society, and was a long-time member of the Eugene Country Club. Bob’s first wife, Marilyn, passed away in 1973, and in 1976, he married Illona (Lona) Lehto. They combined their families and Bob adopted Lona’s three children. They were married for 38 years. Together, they enjoyed their family, travel, golf, duck decoy and antique collecting and of course Duck football, basketball and track. He leaves behind a host of friends, not only in Eugene, but back in Minnesota, and his family who loved and adored him.

He is survived by his wife, Illona (Lona); children, Kathryn, Kristen, David, Eric, Lisa, Daniel and Alec; and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two older brothers, Vincent and Roger; first wife, Marilyn; and his daughter, Teri.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Hospice of Sacred Heart and the Willamette Valley Cancer Center.