SEBRING, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Lt. Colonel Francis E. (Jud) Wilkie, USAF, died on November 10, 2020 in Sebring, Ohio at the age of 97.
Jud was born in Tuxedo, North Carolina in 1923.
Jud began his Air Force career in 1943, receiving his commission as a 2nd Lt. in January 1945. He was trained as a bombardier and a B-29 flight engineer but did not get overseas to Okinawa until 1946 after the war ended. He later served in many stateside locations and in Vietnam and Alaska. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in 1969 to accept a position in marketing with Diebold, Inc. in Canton, Ohio. After 16 years with Diebold he retired a second time. They moved to his hometown of Hendersonville, North Carolina and lived there for 10 years before returning to Canton.
In 2004, Jud and Carleta moved to the Copeland Oaks retirement village in Sebring, Ohio and became active participants. Carleta passed away on March 26, 2014 and is buried at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio where Dad will also be buried on Monday, November 23, 2020. Family only at services due to COVID-19 restrictions. Jud and Carleta and Jud and Carolyn were all members at Union Avenue Methodist Church in Alliance, Ohio.
Jud is survived by youngest sister, Lynne Wilkie of Hendersonville, North Carolina and two children, Laura Wilkie (Chet) Shoemaker of Canton, Ohio and Mark (Mary) Wilkie of Waynesville, Ohio. Jud and Carleta had nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Grandchildren are Jason (Jennifer) Wiehrdt of Waco, Texas; Dr. Jessica Wiehrdt DVM of O’Fallon, Illinois, Ryan (Soraya) Wiehrdt of Naples, Florida; Alice (Mark) Johnston of North Canton, Ohio; Adam (Anna) Shoemaker of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his loving partner of the last five years, Carolyn Quay.
Jud is proceeded in death by his wife of 70 years, Carleta Jennings Wilkie, his parents, Donovan Gilmer and Lela Louise (English) Wilkie, his daughter, Norma Wilkie Wiehrdt and his four younger sisters, Gerry (Shipman), Betty (Justus) and Carolyn Wilkie.
Memorials may be made to the Oaks Foundation, 800 South 15th St., Sebring, OH 44672. Arrangements are entrusted to Dean’s Funeral Home Sebring, Ohio.
Funeral service will be held Sunday, November 22, 2:00 p.m. at Dean’s Funeral Home in Sebring.
Burial will be Monday, November 23, 9:30 a.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
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