John R. (Jack) Wilkinson, passed away Sept. 1, 2021 at age 93 in Traverse City, Michigan, where he had resided since late 2020 to be near his daughter Mary Sue Wilkinson.
Jack was born on the family farm in DeWitt on June 25th, 1928 to Herbert E. Wilkinson and Mary Harrington Wilkinson. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, Marilyn (Ihrke) Wilkinson, in 1990 and by his second wife of 22 years, Meg (Wise) Wilkinson, in 2018.
In addition to his daughter, Mary Sue, Jack is survived by his son, Clark Wilkinson of Dubuque, three grandsons and four great-grandchildren. Jack is also survived by four beloved stepchildren and his older brother Dean Wilkinson.
Jack was an avid and accomplished golfer, playing for over 75 years. He made two holes-in-one and was able to shoot his age from 73 to 87. No matter where he lived Jack was never far from a golf course and cherished the many dear friends he made through that game.
As a young man, Jack was active in the cattle business, first on the Iowanda Farm with his brother and then as a herdsman for the renowned Turner Hereford Ranch in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Shortly after the birth of their children, Jack left the farm and began his career in the insurance business. A skilled salesman and motivational leader he quickly moved through the ranks of Farm Bureau. He was then recruited to start a new insurance company, Life of Mid America, in Dubuque, from which he retired as Senior Vice President. He also served on the Board of Directors for several insurance companies and various community organizations.
Jack was an optimist with a great sense of humor. He was the life of the party and had many friends. He often spoke of how lucky he was to have had two great loves, Marilyn and Meg. His family benefitted from his unwavering love and support. His wise counsel and friendship will be greatly missed.
Jack died of natural causes and his final week was peacefully spent at Munson Hospice House where he and the family received extraordinary, loving care for which they will be eternally grateful.
Those wishing to remember Jack are invited to donate to a charity of their choice or to simply share a smile and a kind word with a stranger, or have a conversation with someone who could bring them a new perspective. And if you find yourself on a golf course – think of Jack.
Interment will be at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt. Friends and family are invited to attend. Please observe social distancing.
For a complete obituary and to share thoughts and memories with the family please visit John R. Wilkinson’s page at www.LifeStoryTC.com.