Jack L. “Jackie” Wilkins, age 81, passed away Sunday evening, April 17, 2016 at the Franciscan St. Francis Hospice House in Indianapolis. He was a resident of Franklin.
Jackie was born on August 11, 1934, in Cash, Arkansas, to the late Sherman and Bertha (Ross) Wilkins. He served as a Seaman Apprentice for the United States Navy on the Destroyer U.S.S. Mansfield during the Korean War. He was awarded the following honors: Korean Medal with 4 stars, Japanese Occupation and the China Service-United Nations Medal.
Jackie retired in 1994 as a Material Control Supervisor for Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis after 32 years of service. He was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Franklin, Franklin Masonic Lodge, Post #107, Indianapolis Scottish Rite & Murat Shrine and was a lifetime member of the Franklin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6978. Other memberships include the Johnson County Shrine Club and the Franklin American Legion Post #205. He was the recipient of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for his unwavering ability to help others. Jackie enjoyed boating, camping and was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts.
Jackie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann (Ebbing) Wilkins, whom he married on October 30, 1954 in Harrisburg, Arkansas. He is also survived by a son, Kenneth L. (Ruth) Wilkins of Franklin; granddaughter, Cassandra “Cassie” Wilkins of Indianapolis; great grandsons, Brayden and Dominic Wilkins both of Indianapolis; sister: Lueda Beck of Killeen, Texas; and a sister in law, Joan Shaw of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sons, Stanley D. & Dennis P. Wilkins; sisters, Lucille Hillis & Dee Smith; and a brother: S. W. Wilkins.
Father Steven Schaftlein will conduct a Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton Ave. in Franklin. A Masonic Service will be conducted by the Franklin Masonic Lodge, Post #107 and Military Rites will be presented by the Franklin Honor Guard, following the service. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the family at www.meredith-clark.com.
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