Ernest "Jack" Wilkins
November 20, 1925 – January 9, 2020
Ernest "Jack" Wilkins of White Lake passed away January 9, 2020 at 94 years of age.
Beloved husband of the late Mary Wilkins and Janice Wilkins. Loving father of Richard (Laurie) Wilkins, David (Alyson) Wilkins, Linda (Dale) Freel and Mark (Linda) Wilkins. Treasured grandfather of Bobby, Brad, Brian, Christina, William, Dean, Andrew, Stephanie and Eric. Great grandfather of many grandchildren. Special cousin of Clinton (Janice) Welling. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother, Cloyd Wilkins.
Jack was a proud WWII Veteran who served the first wave on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. He was a tank driver and served under General George S. Patton. During his military career he received a purple heart, a victory medal and two combat stars. He was a member of the Lansing American Legion Post 0225 and enjoyed gardening and building bird houses during his spare time. He will be truly missed by all.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Road in White Lake. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 2-8 pm at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road in White Lake and on Tuesday at Church from 10:00am until the time of Mass at 11:00am. A Rosary Service along with memory sharing will be held Monday evening at 7:00pm. Interment will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial contributions suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
- Rosary Service and Memory Sharing Monday, January 13, 2020
- In State at Church Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Burial Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Ernest "Jack" Wilkins
January 14, 2020
Jack's jokes, bird houses, color designs, gardens, immaculate garage, bicycle stories, and love of Italian food will be lasting memories. He was a sweet, caring man who gave my mother-in-law many extra years of happiness.
I will miss my visits with him!