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In Memory of

Horace E. Wilkinson

October 3, 1916 - November 25, 2016

Obituary


Horace Edwin (Peck) Wilkinson, Jr., of Boulder, CO, passed away peacefully in his home on November 25, 2016, at the age of 100. He was surrounded by family and friends.

The eldest of five children, Peck was born October 3, 1916, to H.E. and Virginia Wilkinson on the Eagle Nest Plantation near Shelby, MS. He graduated Shelby High School in 1934, and later Marion Military Institute in Alabama.

In the early 1940's Peck worked as a congressional aide in Washington, DC, where he met and soon married (1942) Dorothy Baertsch of Bismark, ND....

Horace Edwin (Peck) Wilkinson, Jr., of Boulder, CO, passed away peacefully in his home on November 25, 2016, at the age of 100. He was surrounded by family and friends.

The eldest of five children, Peck was born October 3, 1916, to H.E. and Virginia Wilkinson on the Eagle Nest Plantation near Shelby, MS. He graduated Shelby High School in 1934, and later Marion Military Institute in Alabama.

In the early 1940's Peck worked as a congressional aide in Washington, DC, where he met and soon married (1942) Dorothy Baertsch of Bismark, ND. With the onset of WWII, he enlisted in the US Army and served with the 38th Infantry in the Pacific Theatre.

Following the war, Peck and Dorothy returned to his hometown of Shelby, where they raised four children and became active members of the community. Following a brief stint at farming, Peck ran his own accounting business and worked for the Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. He eventually retired as Postmaster of the Shelby office. He was a longtime member of the Shelby Lions Club and the Methodist Church, at times serving as president and board member. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening and reading.

In the spring of 1997, in his later retirement, he and Dorothy relocated to Boulder, CO, to be closer to their children. In Boulder, he joined the local Lions Club chapter and a nearby Methodist Church. Ever the gardener, he successfully coaxed vegetables and vines in the unfamiliar Rocky Mountain climate and planted fruit trees in the backyard for posterity.

Peck is survived by his beloved wife of seventy-four years, Dorothy; and his four children: Ginger (Hiroshi) Ikeda, H.E. (Anne) Wilkinson, Bob (Joan) Wilkinson, and Lori (Dave) Chapman. He is survived by seven grandchildren: Michael, Jenna, Kate, Jessica, Yosei, Kylie, and Rachael; and one great-grandson, Camden. He is also survived by his youngest brother, Tom (Tooley) Wilkinson and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Flora (Donald) Kitching and Lucile (Chester) Watson, and his brother, Kenneth (Evelyn).

Dorothy and the family wish to gratefully acknowledge the loving attention provided Peck in his final years by Honor Hospice and the many private and professional caregivers who enriched their lives with kindness.

Donations in Peck's memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Crist Mortuary, Boulder, CO.