Marion “Gayle” Wilkerson, age 81, passed away Saturday evening, April 12, 2014, with his family by his side at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a resident of Trafalgar.
Gayle was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Johnson County to the late Fred and Opal “Pauline” (Walker) Wilkerson. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Lee (Knoop) Wilkerson, whom he married on Sept. 10, 1960, in Trafalgar.
Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Mark (wife, Kathy) Wilkerson of Greenwood and Brian (wife, Cheryl) Wilkerson of Franklin. He will also be missed by four grandchildren, Sandra Gieseking, Ashley Wilkerson, Geoff Wilkerson and Kaelea Cheek; and four great-grandchildren.
Gayle was employed for 40 years as a senior scheduler with Diamond Chain in Indianapolis.
He was a 1951 graduate of Trafalgar High School and went on to attend Butler University in Indianapolis before proudly serving his country as a corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War from March 11, 1953, to March 4, 1955.
Gayle enjoyed spending time with his family and watching all kinds of sporting events, especially IU basketball. He also loved to watch his children and grandchildren in their sporting events.
Gayle was presently a member of the First Christian Church of Morgantown and past 60-year member of the Trafalgar Christian Church, where he served as deacon, elder and trustee. Gayle was a member and treasurer of the Trafalgar American Legion Post. He was also a member of the Nineveh Masonic Lodge No. 317. Gayle served as trustee and treasurer for many years of the First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin.
Gayle served as the Hensley Township Trustee for more than 22 years until 1998. He presently was serving as precinct committeeman for Hensley Township.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William “Bill” Wilkerson and Keith Wilkerson.
The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church of Morgantown, 2717 S. Morgantown Road. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday also at the church and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial with military graveside rites will be at First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Gayle to the First Christian Church of Morgantown, building fund, P.O. Box 306, Morgantown, IN 46160.
Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the Wilkerson family at www.meredith-clark.com.