Karl Robert Wilson

November 30, 1941 ~ May 31, 2020 (age 78)


Wilson, Karl Robert

Age 78 of Plymouth, MN passed away on May 31, 2020. Karl was born on November 30, 1941 in Grand Rapids, MN. Devoted husband, father and friend. Preceded in death by parents Karl and Bernice Wilson, siblings Marian Burbie and Dale Wilson. Survived by wife of 30 years Linda Bulas-Wilson, son Mark and daughter Rosalie, sisters Bernice Koch (Wayne), Pearl Muskar (Ron) and brother Harold Wilson (Becky).


Karl grew up in Bovey, MN. His childhood on Shamrock Lake was filled with fishing, hunting, trapping, and camping. He would often proudly say, “I’m from northern Minnesota.” Karl attended Greenway High School, where he excelled in academics, wrestling, track, and football. He liked to challenge himself physically and was always trying to break his own fitness records. In 1964, Karl graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He went on to serve four years in the U.S. Air Force and became a Captain with seven decorations. He served one year in Vietnam. Karl was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work as an Air Intelligence Officer. Serving in the military allowed Karl to see various countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. 


After discharge, he worked as an engineer and marketing manager at Honeywell for 25 years. In 1984, Karl earned his MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In 1990, Karl became happily married to his wife, Linda, whom he loved dearly. In 1992, Karl turned his fascination with investments into a new career. He worked for 25 years as a financial advisor, a job he loved because he could help people. Karl loved being a father. He was actively involved in his son’s Cub Scout Pack 283 and loved attending his daughter’s sports activities. Karl passed on his love and knowledge of the great outdoors to both of his children. 


Karl loved the woods, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, hunting, playing bridge, weekends at the cabin, and ice cream. He loved his family and his yellow labs. The feelings were mutual. He enjoyed cheering on the MN Vikings and Twins. He could often be found walking the dog and chatting with neighbors. “Karl with a K” was a kind, friendly, honest man, the nicest guy you could ever meet. Instead of saying, “Have a nice day,” Karl would tell those around him to, “Have a good life!” His bright, upbeat attitude and sense of humor will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be missed by us all.


Karl’s family would like to thank the caring staff of Brookdale Plymouth Memory Care. Graveside service at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, at a future time. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association ( would be greatly appreciated. 


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