Mr. Richard "Dick" E. Wilkins Jr.

April 23, 1942April 18, 2012

Mr. Richard “Dick” E. Wilkins, Jr., 69, of Greensboro, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3719 Pinetop Rd. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Wilkins was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served two tours during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion, a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason. After the war, Mr. Wilkins returned to Greensboro and spent 10 years working for the Guilford County Sherriff’s office. He then became self employed as a contractor for aviation mechanics. He enjoyed flying, teaching flight and set up maintenance programs for universities and the U.S. government to comply with FAA rules and regulations. Mr. Wilkins was very active in the Boy Scouts and served as a leader with troops in Greensboro, Pensacola, FL and Kwajalein in the South Pacific. He will always be remembered as being a generous gentleman who enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. Mr. Wilkins was preceded in death by his parents, Richard E. Wilkins and Columbia Gaither Kerans.

Mr. Wilkins is survived by his sister, Diana Tilley of Randleman, brothers, Bill Wilkins and wife, Betty of Inman, SC, Mickey Kerans and wife, Betty of Summerfield, and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 1405 Westover Terr., Greensboro, NC 27408.



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December 29, 2012

My sons last week went out on the internet to find what had happened to Mr. Wilkens who had been their Boy Scout leader out on Kwajalein and found his obituary.

Obviously he made a significant impact on their growing up.

I enjoyed trading lessons with him -- I taught him to sail and he graciously taught me to fly. It never bothered him that our deal benefited me more than him. Both gave us time together.

Joseph Wise, Provo, Utah
Kwajalein 1974-1980

Jane Hester

April 22, 2012

I had the honor of being Mr. Wilkin's physical therapist during his recent illness. He was a pleasure to work with. I enjoyed hearing about his exciting life experiences! I was unable to attend his funeral service but I think of him often. My oondolences to his family.

April 21, 2012

My condolences are with your Family. Dick was a great inspiration for my son Don Burroughs while in scouting and beyond. He will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

Bernice Shoffner

April 21, 2012

Dick was such a caring and giving person who loved everyone, especially the kids. He took our son and daughter to eat, play games and have a good time. He was a great teacher and Scout leader as well as a friend to all. We pray for your comfort in knowing he is in a better place and teaching someone about something; he was so knowledgeable. with prayers, Jerry & Jean McClean

Reece Coble, Deputy Sheriff, Retired

April 20, 2012

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Richard. Unfortunatelly I have not met all of Richards family except Diana. I had the priviledge of working at the Guilford County Sheriff Department the whole 10 years he was employed. And he was a fine officer and friend, however after he left the department, I did not see him but once or twice. Due to prior commitments I will be unable to attend the viewing or funeral. My prayer's are with Diana, and the family & friends of Richard. "God Bless"

Julie Amos

April 20, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you Diana as you move forward. Dick was always very good to me and Nathan, he will be missed by many. God speed Dick.

Alan Levens

April 20, 2012

Dick was a very good and generous man.I will always remember him from when he served as assistant scoutmaster for Troop 374 and in the OA.He was a good friend to many of us from that time.

Richard Agresto

April 20, 2012

Dick was a great friend and will be greatly missed. In all the years I knew Dick, he was always there to help people both professionally and personally. Dick will be missed by all for his kind and helpful ways. He will not be forgotten.