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Marion 'Gayle' Wilkerson, 81, Trafalgar

Marion “Gayle” Wilkerson, 81, Trafalgar, passed away Saturday evening, April 12, 2014, with his family by his side at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

Gayle was born Jan. 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 Sept. 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 and Geoff Wilkerson, Kaelea Cheek; and four great-grandchildren                                   

Gayle was employed for 40 years as a senior scheduler 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 a member of First Christian Church of Morgantown and past 60-year member of Trafalgar Christian Church, where he served as deacon, elder and trustee. Gayle was a member and treasurer of Trafalgar American Legion post.  He was also a member of Nineveh Masonic Lodge #317.  Gayle served as trustee and treasurer for many years to First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin.

Gayle served as Hensley Township trustee for over 22 years until 1998. He presently was serving as precinct committeeman for the township. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, William "Bill" Wilkerson and Keith Wilkerson.

The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at First Christian Church of Morgantown, 2717 S. Morgantown Road. 

Friends can call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, and at the church an hour prior to the service Wednesday, April 16. 

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 can be made in honor of Gayle to First Christian Church of Morgantown, “Building Fund”, P.O. Box 306, Morgantown, IN  46160. 

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the Wilkerson family at

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  • November 23
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  • November 25
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  • November 25
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  • November 28
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  • November 29
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  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
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  • December 2
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  • December 3
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