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McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS

OBITUARY

Gene Wilmer Wilkinson

April 8, 1934June 3, 2020
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Gene W. Wilkinson, 86, of Overland Park, KS, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 3. Gene was a devoted husband, loving father and proud grandfather. The only child of Claude M. and Marian E. (Phillips) Wilkinson, he was born on April 8, 1934, in Topeka, KS. He graduated from Highland Park High School. He learned data processing when computers took up entire floors of buildings and required punch cards. He served in the U.S. Army in 1956-58, stationed in Chicago, IL, doing data processing. He later worked for Univac/Sperry/Unisys and Sprint North Supply. In retirement, he did some volunteer work at the Mount Carmel Wilhelmina Gill Multi-Service Center in Kansas City, KS where his wife worked. He was a member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Church.

He married his wife of 58 years, Mary, in 1961 and they moved to the Kansas City area eventually settling in Overland Park where they welcomed three daughters. Gene was selfless in his devotion to his family. Being a child of the depression, he worked hard to make sure his family had everything they needed. At one time, he was sent to an out-of-town client site for over a year, only coming home a few weekends because that is what he needed to do. He fixed bikes, played ball, helped catch frogs and played games with his girls. He loved cars and over the years owned many that he wished he still had. He enjoyed watching the Royals and had been convinced that football was worth his time as well—but only the Chiefs (or the “Chefs” when things weren’t going so well). He had a great sense of humor and loved April Fool’s Day pranks. Gene was always willing to help friends or his kids—especially if it got him out of “honey dos” at home. He also enjoyed visiting Branson and particularly liked going to Silver Dollar City.

Gene remembered fondly many evenings and weekends of babysitting his eldest grandson, Davin, often referring to him as the son he never had. He loved spoiling him with inappropriate treats right before dinner and taught him the finer points of recliner napping. He was “Nan Nan” to Davin, Joshua, Julian, Owen, Laura, Oscar and Kevyn. He also leaves behind his wife, Mary (Stritzinger); daughters, Nancy (Mike), Lisa and Gina (Luis). He will be missed by his niece, Margaret; nephews, John and Mike; cousins, Shirley and Gary. He was very fortunate to have kind neighbors and a number of close friends that he counted as family. His cat, Emme, will also miss him and his generous treat-giving ways.

He has left his family and friends with many fond memories, happy stories and funny sayings. We appreciate the support of the staff at DaVita Dialysis Clinic in Lenexa, the Lenexa Police and Fire Departments, Johnson County MedAct and the staff of Glenwood Village of Overland Park.

Gene's visitation will begin at 9:30am, followed at Mass at 10am on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Queen of the Holy Rosary, 7023 W. 71st Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas.

  • FAMILY

  • Claude M. and Marian E. (Phillips) Wilkinson, Parents (deceased)
  • Mary (Stritzinger) Wilkinson, Wife
  • Nancy (Mike), Lisa and Gina (Luis), Three Daughters
  • Davin, Joshua, Julian, Owen, Laura, Oscar and Kevyn, Grandchildren
  • Margaret, Niece
  • John and Mike, Nephews
  • Shirley and Gary, Cousins
  • He also leaves behind many kind neighbors and a number of close friends that he counted as family to cherish his memory.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Lara Arnold (Roy)

June 22, 2020

I grew up next to this family. Gina and I are the same age. I always remember Gina's dad outside mowing on his riding lawn mower alot over the summers. One afternoon my dad started a fire in our fireplace and the flu wasn't open. I must have been 10 or 11. My dad had made a quick trip to the gas station and I was home alone. I ran over to Gina's dad who was mowing the lawn and he came over and opened the flu. The house was full of smoke - he was amazing. I will never forget this. It's part of my childhood.

Karren Juarez

June 16, 2020

My daughter Tandi & Gene's daughter Lisa were in same grade at Queens & great friends. Mary & I served on Altar & Rosary Board together. Gene & Mary were intricate parts of my family's life. He will be missed. 💘 to all family members.

Annette Gauthier

June 6, 2020

Gene was always upbeat, no matter how he felt. His smile and happy spirit will be missed. May he be at peace with Our Lord.

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