Joseph Harold Wilkinson

Age 89, of Venice, Florida, formerly of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away surrounded by family on May 22, 2019.

Joseph “Joe” was the devoted husband of Donna for 62 years. She passed August 9, 2016. He is survived by nine children: Barbara Rader, Nancy (Dan) Paternoster, Marilyn (Mark) Anibal, Joan (Mark) Mollon, Donald (Kelly), William (Cindy), Sandra (Ben) Manring, David (Roxann), and Robert (Tiffany). Loving grandpa of 32 and great-grandfather to nine with the tenth due in September. Brother of LucyAnn (Bob) DeVries and Tom (Ethel) Wilkinson.

Joe served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and continued to serve in the Army Reserves after returning home. He worked many years as a service technician. He retired from TRW in 1990.

As a supportive parent, he was involved in his children’s many scout, school, and church activities. His fun-loving spirit and sense of humor endeared him to his family. He loved playing with his grandchildren and listening to music. Joe enjoyed the warm weather of Florida, walking on the beach, looking for cool shells and shark teeth, swimming in the pool, and lounging in the hot tub. He especially liked visits from family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Dawn and Robert, a son, Dale, sister Dawn Dornbos, brothers Richard, Robert, and Roger, and granddaughter Rebekah Grace.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Joe’s name to Helping Hands Adult Day Care, 201 Hillside Court, East Lansing, MI 48823 or to Ingham County Medical Care Facility Music Therapy Program, 3860 Dobie Road, Okemos, MI 48864.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 2:30pm at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI, 48917.  Light refreshments and a time of fellowship with the family will follow at the church.

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Bonnie L Gilchrist
May 23, 2019 at 11:29 am

I am thinking of you all at this time. Take joy in your memories and rejoice that he is reunited with loved ones in heaven.

Janine Medler
May 31, 2019 at 7:57 pm

I have known Mr.Wilkinson a long time. He always treated me with kindness and very hospitable at his home. I have many fond memories and enjoyed his great sense of humor. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May happy memories be a comfort to you at this time. Janine Medler

Bill Dornbos
June 12, 2019 at 11:09 am

Sorry that we can’t attend Uncle Joe’s celebration of life, we are co-hosting a high school grad party that afternoon for our grand-daughter. Your Dad’s sense of humor, enjoyment of fun ,peaceful presence and kind spirit left me with many happy memories!
We were with Uncle Tom when we learned of your Dad’s passing so he and I were privileged to share many happy memories of him.
We pray that each you will be sustained and comforted by the peace and certainty of his faith and trust in Jesus!
Love Cousin Bill

Joan Mollon
June 14, 2019 at 8:07 am

Thanks for the kind words. We all will miss my Dad and how special he was to many. Enjoy your graduation party.


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