LOUISBURG, Kan.-Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Presbyterian Church in Miami County for Harold “Pete” Wilke, 95, Louisburg, who died Monday, March 17, 2014, at his home. Rev. Fred Daniels will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will be in Louisburg Cemetery, Louisburg.
Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home – Drexel Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami Presbyterian Church or Louisburg American Legion, John P. Hand Post 250.
Online condolences may be sent at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Survivors include a son, Gerald and wife Maryetta, Lamar, Mo.; a daughter, Francine and husband Brent, Ponca City, Okla.; grandchildren, Marisa Bruno and husband Anthony, Killinghall, England; Rachel Iverson and husband Greg, Tulsa, Okla., Syneva Colle, Nashville, Tenn., Stefni Colle, Los Angeles, Calif. and Jacob Colle and Josiah Colle, Ponca City, Okla. and great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Ethan Bruno.
He was preceded in death his parents; wife Geraldine; brother Herman Wilke and sisters Frieda Good, Bertha Bodenhamer and Helen Elliot.
Mr. Wilke was born Jan. 23, 1919, in St. Louis, Mo., to Herman and Whilminna (Jaeger) Wilke. Soon after the family moved to a farm near Louisburg where he resided for most of his life. He attended a country school before graduating from Louisburg High School. He spent six years in Texas and California, serving in the Army Air Force as an airplane mechanic during WWII. In 1941 he married the late Geraldine Ring.
Mr. Wilke would have wanted to be remembered first of all as a farmer. He loved working on the land. He also worked 23 years for the Louisburg Post Office and was a life member of the American Legion Post 250.