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Wladimir Bilous passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 31, 2024. He was 77.
Wladimir was born in Germany on November 12, 1946 to Hryhorij and Lidia Bilous. His family moved to Venezuela when he was two years old and lived there for nine years. The family moved to the United States in 1958 when he was 12.
Wladimir's family settled in Philadelphia and became members of St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Walter became a member of ODUM and immediately joined their Ukrainian folk dancing ensemble. He was an avid dancer specializing in the HOPAK doing the high jumping split routines. He performed with the dance ensemble in many cities in the Eastern United States and also performed in Canada.
He was very active with the ODUM organization and was elected president of its Central Committee in 1966.
After graduating high school, Wladimir joined the US Army and served valiantly in Viet Nam, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Walt received an honorable discharge in 1969 and immediately enrolled at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences where he received his Bachelor's Degree while also playing on the nationally ranked men's soccer team.
In his senior year at Textile, Wladimir married Ludmila Revenko from Chicago. His first son, Walt Bilous, was born while he was completing his college education.
After college he worked for several textile companies in New York and the Carolinas while residing in Greensboro, NC. One of his jobs was with Wrangler Jeans as a VP of Sales in South America.
Wladimir and his wife had two other children, Elizabeth and Mark Bilous.
Wladimir moved back to PA after his mother died and he became his father's caregiver at the family farm in Bucks County. He was a bass vocalist for the Prometheus Ukrainian Male Chorus which performed numerous concerts throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond.
Wladimir was passionate about Ukrainian culture and heritage and was a parishioner at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia.
Wladimir was predeceased by his wife Ludmila, son Walt, daughter Elizabeth, his mother Lidia and father Hryhorij. He is survived by his son Mark and his brother Len.
Walt's family will greet friends on Wednesday at 11 AM at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Catheral. Requiem Services will be sung at 11:30 AM. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow at St. Andrew's Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, South Bound Brook, NJ.