Obituary for Marion "Gayle" Wilkerson

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Marion "Gayle" Wilkerson

January 30, 1933 - April 12, 2014

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 January 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 September 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, Kaelea Cheek; and four great grandchildren.

Gayle was employed for 40 years as a SeniorScheduler 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 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 & Trustee. Gayle was a member & Treasurer of the Trafalgar American Legion Post. He was also a member of the Nineveh Masonic Lodge #317. Gayle served as Trustee & Treasurer for many years of the First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin.

Gayle served as the Hensley Township Trustee for over 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 & Keith Wilkerson.

The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Morgantown, 2717 S. Morgantown Rd, Morgantown. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 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, 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

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: January 30, 1933
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Will u Martin posted on 1/1/00

To the family and friends of Marion "Gayle" Wilkerson: A kind thought to the Gayle Wilkerson family. He was my dear for a long time. We were classmates in Hiighr School, and had the previlege going to Branson together a few years back. He was always my dear friend - I'll miss him at our reunion. Willu


Betty Winslow posted on 1/1/00

Mary and family, I am so sorry to read of Gayle's passing just recently. Our families had such fun times together when your sons and our son, Bill, were in school together, going to sport outings, etc. Fond memories...Love, prayers and sympathy, Betty


Wanda Thomas-Gilbert posted on 1/1/00

Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers Sisterhood


Karen Stofko posted on 1/1/00

Dear Mark and Family, My deepest sympathy for you and your family at this difficult time. May your beautiful memories of the best times you had with your dad along with the strength of all those that loved him help you through these difficult days. Thoughts & Prayers. Your friend Karen Stofko @ at the ABO


Vicki (Combest) Byrns posted on 1/1/00

My dad is Charles R. (Bill) Combest who was County Assessor from the mid 1970's to the mid 1990's. Gayle worked with my dad and was one of the most kind, gentle and respectful men that I have ever known. It was always a pleasure to talk with him. It was an honor to have known Gayle. I have such fond memories.


Michael Belden posted on 1/1/00

Mary, Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts go out to you and your family. We pray that God''s embrace will help comfort you during this difficult time. When you speak of him, speak not with tears of sadness. Let the memories of the time you shared give you comfort, for his life was rich because of you.