John William Wilkinson of Leasburg, Missouri was born September 5, 1941 in Perry, Illinois to John Guy and Velma (Nettles) and passed away on November 4, 2021 at the age of 80 years, 1 month and 29 days.
John and Susie (Ayres) were married at Flint Hill, Missouri on February 6, 1960.
John worked as a metal finisher for Keystone Plating in St. Louis, Missouri, prior to starting the family business Highline Plating in 1985. John resided in Mineral Point, Missouri, prior to relocating to Leasburg, Missouri, in the early 1990’s to be closer to the family business. John retired from Highline Plating in 2003.
John was an avid outdoorsman. In addition to fishing every available moment, John also loved to hunt, camp and travel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Velma WIlkinson; two sons, Johnny Guy and Gary Wilkinson; one daughter-in-law, Carla Wilkinson; two brothers, Donnie Ray and Ralph Guy Wilkinson; four sisters, Judy Jenkins, Ellen Bowen, Carolyn Stevenson and Loretta Fay Wilkinson.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years Susie (Ayres) Wilkinson of the family home; four children, Debbie Hedrick of Fenton, Missouri, David Wilkinson of Salem, Missouri, Clifford Wilkinson of Leasburg, Missouri and Norma Payne and husband Roger Sr of St. James, Missouri; one brother, Vearn “Butch” Wilkinson and wife Loretta of Potosi, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Sharon Wilkinson; brother-in-law Buddy Bowen; 10 grandchildren, Carl “Randy” Hedrick, Jonathan Wilkinson (Beth), Ashley Wilkinson (special friend Thomas Green), Derek Payne (Karlee), Daemon Payne (Kaitlin), Roger Payne Jr. II (Ashley), Tiffany Payne, Kayla Wilkinson, Nicholas Wilkinson and Kyle Wilkinson; 16 great grandchildren, Krystal Chapman, Caralynn and Carlina Hedrick, Eric, Dean and Joseph Rothgeb, Landon Gentry Spitzmiller, Katelyn, Emma, Jaedyn, Carter, Maxwell, Madelyn, Roger Jr. III and Maralynne Payne and Brayden Carman; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri with Rev. George Pearson officiating.
Interment follow at the Crossroads Cemetery in Leasburg, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.