ALTOONA - Richard G. "Dick" Wilkinson, 81, of Centre Hall, formerly of Boalsburg, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at UPMC Altoona.
Born on Nov. 10, 1932, in Lewistown, he is a son of the late George and Maude Kennedy Wilkinson.
In Nov.1956, he married Doris L. (Wentle) Wilkinson, who survives at home.
Dick graduated from Lewistown High School. During the Korean War, he served with the U.S. Navy, earning a National Defense Medal, a United States Service Medal and a Korean Service Medal with one star. Dick was also proud to serve on the U.S.S. Wisconsin BB-64 Battleship. He was honorably discharged on May 28, 1954.
For many years, he worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation retiring from that position as a foreman in 1995. He also owned and operated Dick's Barber Shop in Boalsburg during the 1960s and 1970s.
He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and his wife's cooking and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but the thing he cherished most was spending time with family.
For the past 18 months, Mr. Wilkinson resided at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home where he received assisted living care. Dick maintained his sense of humor and positive outlook through the trials and tribulations of his chronic illness.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: two daughters, Susan D. (Greg) Hellier, of Beaver, and Christine A. (Jeff) Korman, of Bellefonte; one son, Rick Wilkinson, of State College; four grandchildren, Daniel G. Wilkinson, Joshua M. Korman, Brianna M. and Robert G. Hellier; and one sister, Donna Potepan, of Lewistown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gerald K. "Jerry" Wilkinson.
Friends will be received from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service, 226 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall. Graveside services will immediately follow the visitation on Friday, at Boalsburg Cemetery, with the Rev. S. Leigh Pick officiating.
The Wilkinson family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home for the excellent care and service they provided during Dick's stay, and also a special thank you to Mr. Dave Garceau for his friendship and care toward Dick.
An online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.