Fred E. Wilkinson Jr., 86, of Marshall, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Masonic services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with visitation following till 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton. Memorials may be made to Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born May 10, 1924, in Kansas City, he was the son of the late Fred E. Wilkinson Sr. and Grace Lee Hershberger Wilkinson. He was a graduate of Kemper Military School and Junior College in Boonville, University of Kansas, St. Louis College of Mortuary Science, and did continuing education with University of Missouri and University of Tennessee. On Oct. 16, 1947, he married Mary Beck Howell who preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 1984. He was a veteran of World War II, medical lab technician, 4th grade sergeant in charge of laboratory at Brooke General Hospital in Houston, Texas, and sergeant in charge of U.S. Pueblo Dispensary Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a Missouri licensed real estate broker, Missouri licensed funeral director and embalmer, and the former owner of Wilkinson-Hershberger Funeral Home in Marshall. He was a 50-year mason, past high priest of Saline Chapter No. 74, Marshall, past secretary-treasurer and budget director of Marshall Masonic Temple Association, past Rotarian, commander of American Legion Post 191 in Marshall, V.F.W. Post 2646 in Marshall, president of American Red Cross, chairman of Boy Scout fund raising drive and a member of First United Methodist Church where he was past president and treasurer of Methodist Men Club.
He is survived by longtime companion, Mae Belle McGraw of Marshall; two daughters, Christie Lyle Farrell of Odessa and Sara Lou Elmore of Raymore; four grandchildren, Heather Farrell, Eric Smith, Jennifer Jones and Joshua Smith; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Blakeney of Medina, Wash.; and five nieces.
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