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Dwight Wilkins

September 2, 1930 — September 23, 2017

Dwight Wilkins, 87 of Murray, passed away September 23, 2017 at his home. A Graveside Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bethel Chapel Cemetery near Woodburn, Iowa. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Murray American Legion. Gerald Dwight Wilkins was born September 2, 1930 to Albert James and Elsie Kate Smith Wilkins on their family farm in Clarke County, Iowa. Dwight was the eleventh of twelve children born to the couple. As a child, he attended Center Country School in Osceola. Dwight was inducted in to the United States Army and served from 1951 until 1953. On August 11, 1954, Dwight was united in marriage to Sylvian Marcile Boggs during the Murray Jamboree in Murray, Iowa. Dwight and Marcile made their home in Murray and were blessed with three sons: Gerald Dean, Duane, and Lee. Dwight was a hard worker and held several jobs over the years. He delivered mail on his horse, 'Kitten' when he was young, farmed, worked as a carpenter as a side job, and worked at the Jimmy Dean Meat Plant until his retirement. Dwight had many interests and hobbies. He enjoyed playing games, especially Rummikub and Carrom. He was very good at coin, nail, and pegboard tricks, and was also well known for his jokes. Dwight looked forward to the Murray Jamboree, the Hopeville Music Festival, and the 4th of July festivities every year. Above all, Dwight enjoyed time spent with his family. He was a proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His uplifting spirit, jokes, and sincere smile will be greatly missed by so many. Dwight is survived by his wife, Marcile Wilkins; sons: Gerald Dean Wilkins (Carmen), Duane Wilkins (Patricia), and Lee Wilkins (Kathy); 9 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents: Albert and Elsie Smith Wilkins; 11 brothers and sisters; and a grandson, Gerald Joseph Wilkins. Visitation

SEP 26. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton

914 Roland Ave

Chariton, IA 50049

[email protected]


SEP 27. 2:30 PM (CDT)

Bethel Chapel Cemetery

1152 330th Avenue

Woodburn, IA 50275

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