John “Butch” W. Wilkin
John “Butch” W. Wilkin
GROVER HILL, Ohio — John “Butch” W. Wilkin, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at St. Rita’s Hospital, Lima, Ohio.

He was born Aug. 7, 1945, in Van Wert County, Ohio, the son of the late John W. and Ruth (Swartz) Wilkin. On Oct. 9, 1970, he married Trudy L. Golliver who survives.

He retired in 2008 as shipping supervisor from Kennedy Manufacturing, Van Wert. He was a US Army Vietnam veteran; a member and trustee of Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill; a member of the Grover Hill Council; commander of Grover Hill VFW Post 2873, and a member of Grover Hill Lions Club and West Branch Conservation Club, Grover Hill.

He is also survived by two daughters, Nikki (Trevor) Bebout and Courtney Wilkin, both of Van Wert; two sisters, Kay (James) Caris and Joyce (Ron) Weck, both of Paulding; two brothers, Larry (Carol) Wilkin, Van Wert, and Roger Wilkin, Wetzel, and five grandchildren, Tanner, Kaylea, and Kenadi Short, Brianna and Carly Bebout.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill, with military graveside rites accorded.

Visitation will be 2 – 8 p.m. with military honors at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. There will also be visitation at the church on Sunday from 2 – 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations made to Zion United Methodist Church or Welcome Park Endowment Fund.

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