Funeral services were held on Jan. 20, 2009 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Armand Bertrand officiating. Burial was in the Cedar Township Cemetery, rural Larrabee. The Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
George was born on Nov. 3, 1919 in Larrabee, to Alfred G. and Annie (Grayson) Wilkie. He attended Larrabee High School and graduated in 1938. While in high school, George pitched for the school baseball team and also played on the Larrabee Town Team. In 1941, George entered the United States Air Force and was a mechanic instructor during World War II. On Nov. 23, 1948, he married Patricia Campbell in Templeton. George and Pat had three children together - Fred, Tom, and Bill. George farmed all of his life in the Larrabee area.
George was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and also liked to play in two-ball golf tournaments with his wife Pat. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. George was a 4-H leader at one time, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Clarence Wilkie and his wife, Lillian; Ross Wilkie; and Frank Wilkie; and his sons, Fred, Tom, and Bill.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; two grandsons, Kyle Wilkie and his wife, Kelly, of Cherokee,; and Curtis Wilkie of Cherokee; great-grandchildren, Bryer, Bailey, and Britney; a brother, Bob Wilkie and his wife, Donna, of Cherokee; a daughter-in-law, Carol Wilkie of Cherokee; a sister-in-law, Lucille Wilkie of Cherokee; a brother-in-law, Tom Campbell and his wife, Tomeline, of Ione, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.