Larry Wilkinson

larry wilkinson

Larry Kendell Wilkinson, 71, Fargo, ND, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the VA hospital in Fargo. 

Larry K. Wilkinson was born May 11, 1942 to Robert and Cecelia (Smith) Wilkinson at Williston, ND.  He grew up in Trenton, North Dakota but graduated from Williston High School in 1960.  After earning a B.S. degree in economics from North Dakota State University in 1964, he entered the United States Air Force pilot training program and received his wings 55 weeks later as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the USAF, Larry started his career with the State of North Dakota at the Fargo Job Service office.  He subsequently took positions at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University and retired in 2001 after 34 years of service.

He was a member of the ATO fraternity, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Kem Temple Shrine (Past Potentate Aide, Past President/Director Drum & Bugle Corps), and was a life member of the DAV, AMVETS, and American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Cecelia Wilkinson, Williston, ND.

He is survived by his sister, Roberta “Bobbi” Wisdom, Kalispell, MT; a daughter, Meghann (Isaac) Poku, Fargo, ND; two sons, Thomas Wilkinson, New Town, ND; and Lonny Wilkinson, Grand Junction, CO; and grandchildren, Alex, Jack, Noah, Jacob, Joseph, Ole, Logan, Maleah, Rebekah, and Jacob; and a very special friend, Sonja Rue.

Memorials preferred to the Fargo VA Auxiliary,, Hope Lodge in Rochester, MN, and the Fargo DAV.

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  1. I learned of Larry’s passing today and am thinking of him and his incredibly kind and gentle ways. What a neat, neat spirit. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you remember Larry.

    Jen Erickson

  2. Williston Our deep and sincere sympathy to the family. Larry was such a true gentle man, kind and considerate. We knew him as he was born and raised in Trenton. His father was Arthur’s bus driver for years and the Trenton store was loved by all! May God’s love and comfort be with you.

  3. Fargo Larry will be dearly missed by all those he touched. As a young professional entering into my first counseling position, Larry openly welcomed and mentored me which was so appreciated. He was a kind man with a genuine heart. I will miss his smile and look forward to seeing him again one day.

  4. Colorado Springs ColoradoI haven’t seen Larry since I was a kid, but still have those wonderful memories of Larry walking all the kids from Bob and Cis’s house, down to Uncle Bob’s store in Trenton, for candy! My thoughts and prayers are with you all Bobbi, and Larry’s family.

  5. morgan Utah Our condolences to the Wilkinson family.
    Although I haven’t seen them since in the ’50’s I do have many memories of the family as I went to school for 8 years with Bobbi Lou and was a friend of Larry’s !Rest in peace my friend !

    My memories of this wonderful man help you at this time. He was a colleague of mine at ND
    SU, and what a delightful person he was to work with.

  7. Moorhead MINNESOTAWhenever I saw Larry, he had that wonderful smile on his face! He was a bright light and will be missed by all who knew and loved him!

  8. Watford City ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wilkinson family Larry has been a special friend and will be remembered as one the best friends we know.

    Sincerely Kay & Dave

  9. San Antonio TxMy condolences to Bobbi Lou and Larry’s family. I attended school in Trenton and knew Larry and his parents. I had great respect for his family who owned the Trenton Store. My prayers are with you.

  10. Sorry for your loss. Larry was such a kind man and always with a smile had time to visit. I will not be able to be at the funeral but my thoughts and prayers are with the family

  11. Bemidji MN

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your dad was such a wonderful man. Zachary talks about him alot. He was such a great grandpa and role model to all the kids that were always around. He will be truly missed.

    Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    Love you
    Tammy and Zachary

  12. West Fargo ND
    Larry was such a close friend and confidant to me. We shared so many good times on the road back and forth to conventions, as well as, the time spent at the conventions. He always had the time to chat and a good attitude. He is with our lord now. Michael F. Misialek, Sr.

  13. Moorhead MN
    My heart goes out to you Meghann and your family. I will not be able to attend the funeral or prayer service due to going to Louisville this weekend. Betty and I will be thinking of you and connecting the WV to you.

  14. Fargo ND
    Larry will be missed. His kind words, his laugh, and his friendly demeanor will always be remembered most fondly. When I first arrived to town 15 years ago he welcomed me to the workplace. When we meet again in Heaven I hope he will be so kind as to welcome me there as well. I look forward to seeing you again Larry.

  15. Kalispell MTYou were the best brother, ever. I love you dearly. Am happy you are now at peace and with God, Mom and Dad.

    I will be with you again when God is ready to call me home.

  16. Fargo North Dakota
    Meghann, Just want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a wonderful guy. God Bless

  17. Thompson ND
    Larry was a wonderful friend and colleague. He touched thousands of us during his life and a piece of him will live on as part of all of us who knew him. Rest in peace my friend. God’s hands hold and comfort you until we meet again.

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