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David Everett "Dave" Wilkerson

January 26, 1937 April 28, 2018
David  Everett "Dave"  Wilkerson
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Obituary for David Everett "Dave" Wilkerson

David Everett “Dave” Wilkerson, 81, of Coralville, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Lantern Park Specialty Care, Coralville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Coralville. A visitation will be held from 4-7 PM, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the church with a rosary recited at 7 PM. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Coralville with military rites provided by the Coralville American Legion, assisted by other local military organizations. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Dave Wilkerson Memorial Fund.

Dave was born on January 26, 1937 in Austin, MN the son of Wesley and Amanda (Bean) Wilkerson. He later moved to Mason City, IA and attended schools there participating in swimming and wrestling. When his family moved to Clinton, IA he joined the Marine Corps from 1954 -1958. Dave was united in marriage to Janice Leonard on August 1, 1959 at St. Mary’s Church in Clinton, IA. After having their son Michael, they moved to Austin, Mn for several years and moved back to Coralville in 1970. Dave was a printer at ECI and later a groundskeeper for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 19 years, retiring in 1994. Dave was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and past member of Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Coralville Planning and Zoning, Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years, Police Officer part-time, and first part-time Juvenile Officer. Dave was a past president and Lt. Governor of the Morning Optimists. He was a Past Post Commander, Adjutant Commander, County Commander, District Commander, State Vice Commander, and state historian for The American Legion. Dave and Jan traveled to many states when Dave was the Department of Iowa historian for the Legion. He had many great friends from around the world, marching in the National Legion Parade at Legion Conventions. He served on the selection committee for the Veteran’s Trail. After retirement he worked for Coralville HyVee, where he got the nickname “Candyman”, because he always had a sucker for the kids. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, attending their ball games and taking them on vacations.

Dave is survived by his wife, Jan; son, Michael (Deborah) Wilkerson, of Cedar Falls, IA; two grandsons, Joshua (Danielle) Wilkerson of Cottage Grove, MN and Jason (Laura) Wilkerson of Cedar Rapids, IA; seven great- grandchildren, Julian, Maxwell, Cameron, Carter, Carli, Hannah, and Benjamin; four siblings, Loran (Mary) Wilkerson of Lowmare, IA, Freda Hedrick of Mason City, IA, Margie Booth of Manley, IA, and Alberta Wilkerson of Mason City, IA; and many extended family and close friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Wesley Wilkerson, John Wilkerson, Camilla True, and LaDonna Wilkerson.

The family would like to thank the VA for all their wonderful help. Also, the staff at Lantern Park and their hospice nurse, Larry of Comfort Care Givers for all their great care.

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4:00 PM 5/2/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/2/2018 7:00:00 PM
St. Thomas More Catholic Church

3000 12th Avenue
Coralville, IA 52241

A rosary will be recited at 7 PM

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
3000 12th Avenue Coralville 52241 IA
United States





11:00 AM 5/3/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas More Catholic Church

3000 12th Avenue
Coralville, IA 52241

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
3000 12th Avenue Coralville 52241 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Oak Hill Cemetery -- Coralville Final Resting Place

1st Avenue North and Russell Slade Boulevard
Coralville, Iowa 52241

1st Avenue North and Russell Slade Boulevard Coralville 52241 Iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

General Memorial Fund

The Dave Wilkerson Memorial Fund

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