C. Fredrick “Fred” Wilkinson, age 96, of Farber, passed away at 7:25 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Mo.
Visitation was held on June 26, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
A service was held on June 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music was provided by Shirley Stubblefield – pianist; Virginia Carlson – soloist.
Interment took place at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Wilkinson, Brian Mulherin, Parker Wilkinson, Brent Edwards, Daryl Smith, Claudie Tipton, and Chad Wilkinson.
C. Fredrick “Fred” Wilkinson was born on March 5, 1918 in Perry, Mo., the son of Henry Ralph and Nellie Louise (Sankpill) Wilkinson.
He married Mildred Irene Teague in Bowling Green, Mo. on June 8, 1940.
Fred attended school in Perry until he and his family moved to Farber in 1928. He then finished school in Farber and shortly afterward married Mildred and they moved to St. Louis where he worked a few years for Curtis Wright Aircraft Company. They moved back to Farber in 1946 where Fred started working for North American Refractories as a machinist. He retired from there in 1980. Fred was a longtime member of the Farber Presbyterian Church where he had served as an elder. He was a member of the Laddonia Masonic Lodge where he had received his 50 year pin. Fred was also active with the Farber Lions Club and the Vandalia Country Club. He enjoyed his family and playing golf.
Survivors include his wife Mildred, of Farber; one son, David M. and Karen Wilkinson, of Mexico; two daughters Linda L. and Jim Mulherin, of rural Vandalia; Carol Ann and Elgen Edwards, of Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Lisa Mulherin, of St. Louis; Brent Edwards, of Mesa, Ariz.; Brian Mulherin, of rural Vandalia; Scott Wilkinson and Chad Wilkinson, both of Columbia, Mo.; seven great-grandchildren, Victoria Edwards, Parker Wilkinson, Carter Wilkinson, Sofia Fehr, Zachary Edwards, Seth Fehr, and Eliana Wilkinson; also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Richard Alan Wilkinson in 1999; one brother, Clifford Wilkinson; one sister, Marie Smith.
Memorials are encouraged to the Farber Presbyterian Church.