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Jun 9, 2014 - Staff
Leon Wilkinson, 63, of Riverton died at the Help for Health Hospice Home on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. The Rev. Dale Adams will officiate. Burial follows at Mountain View Cemetery.
Viewing is 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the funeral home.
Leon Earl Wilkinson was born March 21, 1951, in Riverton, to Pat E.W. and Mabel L. (Phelps-Hughes) Wilkinson. He was one of seven children.
He was raised in Riverton except for three years spent in Oregon. He graduated from Riverton High School with the class of 1970.
While he was in Oregon he was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Albany. He was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Riverton and was a current member of the Lighthouse Bible Church in Riverton.
On April 9, 1988, he married Debra Martinez in Riverton. They celebrated 25 years together before Debra's death on March 5, 2014.
Mr. Wilkinson was employed by Fremont County Road and Bridge for 12 years and also worked for Major's Equipment and Fremont Chemical.
Family members note that he always found time to help his family and friends with their projects, building barns, shops and sheds, and loved to help animals and crops.
Mr. Wilkinson loved to be with his family and friends, and he would plan picnics, trips and get-togethers that included all of them. One of his greatest loves was riding his horses. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, and elk hunting trips with special friends. He loved taking ski trips and doing the annual pumpkin hunt with the high school youth group from church.
"He loved being with the kids and was like a big brother to all of them, having as much fun as they did," a family statement says.
He is survived by his mother, Mabel Applehans of Riverton; his brother, Kent Wilkinson of Casper; his sisters, Aloma Ludlow of Riverton, Carla (Tom) McCoy of Riverton, Nadine (Hershel) Dike of Riverton, Lorri (Jim) Sauer of Spring Creek, Nev., and Marva (Fritz) Pedersen of Riverton; his father-in-law, Arthur Martinez of Riverton; brothers-in-law Rory Martinez of Colorado and Greg Martinez of Wyoming; sisters-in-law Gaylene Martinez of Montana, Gloria Martinez of Casper, and Andi (Ken) McLean of Riverton; and numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Wilkinson; his father, Pat E. W. Wilkinson; his stepfather, John Applehans; his mother-in-law, Angela Martinez, his grandparents, two nieces and one nephew.
Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Bible Church in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501 (www.thedavisfuneralhome.com).