Donald Wilkerson

Born: Sun., Jul. 8, 1928
Died: Wed., Oct. 8, 2008


Funeral Service

Mon., Oct. 13, 2008


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ELKHART -- Donald "Don" Wilkerson, 80, of Bender Drive, died at 10:37 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 8, 2008) in The Hospice House, South Bend.


He was born July 8, 1928, in Spencer to Oliver and Ethel (Sulliven) Wilkerson. On March 5, 1955, he married Marietta Peters in Seymour.


She survives along with two daughters, Robin (Byron) Copeland of Crowley, Texas, and Tamie Wilkerson of Elkhart; three sons, David (Denise) Wilkerson and Greg (Eileen) Wilkerson, both of Bristol, and Mark Wilkerson of Boulder City, Nev.; four grandchildren; and one sister, Norma Jean (Al) Owens of Cincinnati, Ohio.


He was preceded in death by one sister, Delphia Davis.


Mr. Wilkerson spent nearly 33 years working in Michiana area financial institutions as a mortgage and loan officer, retiring in the early 1990s. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a longtime volunteer for the Salvation Army's Meals on Wheels program. He loved to play euchre, was an avid golfer and enjoyed teaching his sons to golf.


Mr. Wilkerson liked to take long walks in Island Park with his Yorkie, Corkie, and often stopped to feed the ducks and squirrels. His favorite team was the Chicago Bears. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a master sergeant in a mortar company. He received two Bronze Stars.


Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart, and one hour prior to Monday's 11 a.m. funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Elkhart. Pastor Robert Schallhorn will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Bristol, with the Elkhart DAV 19 and U.S. Army Funeral Honor Guard rendering graveside honors.


Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. Visit www.billingsfuneralhome.com to send online condolences.

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Pam Deitch
   Posted Sat October 11, 2008
Tammy and Family, I want to let you know I am praying for your family at this time of loss and my deepest sympathy to your mother. Tammy I know you have been very concerned and just know he is in Jesus arms and you will see him again one day! When I lost my father it was a difficult time for me. I will not be able to come and see you on Sunday I will be out of town. I will see you on Monday. Much love to you from the Memorial Class of 76 committee and myself our deepest regards to your family. Love Pam

Pierre A Bridger
   Posted Sun October 12, 2008
Dear Wilkersons'; I am very sorry to hear of Don's passing. I have many memories of him and they are all good. One of my memories is watching the Texas vs. Notre Dame football game with your family in the living room of your Marion Street home. Your love for him will always continue and you have all been very blessed to have a dad and husband like Don. God Bless you all. Love, Pierre, Shari, Samantha, and Jackson.

Patti Miller
   Posted Mon October 13, 2008
I'm sorry I didn't see this until I got to work this morning. I would have come to the viewing. I really enjoyed working with Don at FNB , he'd always make you laugh. He was always fun to be around. He'll be missed. I know this is a hard time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I hope knowing he's not in pain anymore and in a better place is comforting to you. You will always have the memories you shared together. Patti Miller

Michael A. Metz and family
   Posted Mon October 13, 2008
Dear Dave, We send our condolences to your family. I loved your father. Once we traveled together to Michigan. He helped me think through some big personal business decisions. His advice: Keep things simple - it will all work out. God Bless, Michael A. Metz and family

Pam (Sellers) & Lyle Hestermann
   Posted Tue October 14, 2008
Dear Mim & Family... Our heartfelt sympathy to you all. When we are in town, breakfast after church won't be the same.... Bless you all as you know Don's in God's House as you remember him in happier times. Sincerely, Pam & Lyle