Wood Funeral Home

784 Main Street, East Aurora, NY


Kenneth R. Wilkes

September 7, 1929January 27, 2020
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Kenneth R. Wilkes, age 90, of East Aurora, New York passed away on Monday January 27, 2020.

Kenneth was born September 7, 1929 in Bridgeport, CT. He attended art school in New Haven after high school, but that was interrupted by the draft for the Korean War. Ken served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in Korea, stationed in Daegu. Upon returning home he attended University of Bridgeport and graduated with a degree in Industrial Design. A position with General Electric brought him and Dorothy to Central New York where they lived for many years. A job with Fisher Price brought the family to East Aurora, where he worked designing toys.

Painting and drawing were a lifelong passion for Kenneth. His realistic depictions of landscapes and still lifes hang in houses around the country. He was a member of the East Aurora Art Society and always looked forward to showing his work at the Annual Fine Art Exhibit and Sale.

His other passion was boating and the water. He loved visiting beaches from Maine down to North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Buffalo for many years.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Dorothy (nee Chernauskas) and children Debra (James) Virgo, Jacqueline Wilkes and David (Beth) Wilkes, grandchildren Nicole, Daniel, Benjamin, Allison and Andrew, and nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Richard (Henriette) Wilkes.

A memorial service for Kenneth will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main Street, East Aurora, NY 14052.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kenneth's memory may be made to People Inc., https://www.people-inc.org/support_us/donation/index.html.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.woodfh.com for the Wilkes family.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2020


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Paul and Liz Vail

February 7, 2020

Dear Dot, Just wanted you to know how much we love you and will keep you in our prayers. You two sure had a great life together and we will remember Ken's great sense of humor and all our happy Gow School days. God Bless you and may all your happy memories give you comfort.

Nichole Coleman

February 3, 2020

My deepest condolences to the whole Wilkes/Virgo family. Although Aunt Dot and Uncle Ken lived a great distance from us in CT they always made the effort to be a part of my life whenever they could. Uncle Ken always gave special Fisher Price Christmas gifts that I treasured. I have many fond memories of Uncle Ken and he shall remain in my heart and memories. Thank you for being a great uncle to me and may you Rest In Peace Uncle Ken.