Warren J. Wilkinson

Born: Fri., Mar. 11, 1921
Died: Sun., May 5, 2013

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., May 11, 2013
Location: Peace Lutheran Church

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Warren Joseph Wilkinson

March 11, 1921 – May 5, 2013


Warren J. Wilkinson a longtime resident of Pendleton passed away Sunday, May 5th, 2013, at his home in Pendleton with family members present.  He was 92 years old.

An all-welcome memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Warren Wilkinson may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR, 97801.  Send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements. 

Warren was born in La Grande, Oregon, on March 11, 1921, to Gilbert and Anna Wilkinson.  He attended school in Telocaset, OR, and Union, OR.  He worked on his family farm in Telocaset until he joined the Oregon National Guard.  Shortly after enlistment he was sent to Fort Lewis in Washington, for training. In 1941 he met his wife of 71 years, Alice Irene Young in Seattle, Washington.  In December of 1941 all enlisted men were called to serve in World War II.  The two were married in February of 1942 prior to his deployment. Warren was sent overseas where he served for three years, most of that time in the Philippines.  He returned to civilian life in 1945 having achieved the rank of captain.  He then worked at Hanford Atomic Energy in Richland, WA. He worked there for five years and then moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where he worked for McCoy/Volstorff as a Parts Manager.  In 1954 Warren and three other businessmen started Agri-Chem, a chemical fertilizer company in Athena, Oregon.  This venture expanded into several satellite offices throughout Eastern Oregon and Washington, and Central Oregon.  Warren will always be remembered as a good businessman who had a talent for inventory and logistic control.  He was an honest and friendly businessman, liked and enjoyed by his customers.  Warren had been associated with the Elks, Al Kader Shrine Club, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

He is survived by his wife, Alice, son Gary & wife Carol of Pendleton, OR, daughters Patsy Gilday of Sun Valley, ID, and Karen Nevins of Pendleton, OR, three grandchildren: David Wilkinson, Cory Gilday and Dawn Gilday, one great grandchild and two nephews, Dennis Wilkinson and William Hill.

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Ted Cary
   Posted Thu May 09, 2013

Gary and Family,

Sorry to here the loss of your Dad.


Len Cardwell
   Posted Thu May 09, 2013
Gary and Family

Give our love and prayers to your Mother and the rest of your family. He was a wonderful person and I enjoyed him in our Mason/Shriner family. I know he and your Mom enjoyed the fish my Uncle Watt always saw that they received when we were able to get some.

Leonard (Len) and Anita Cardwell

Pam Wachter
   Posted Fri May 10, 2013
Alice-so sorry to hear about your loss. It has been ages since we have visited but I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kathy S
   Posted Tue May 14, 2013
Karen.... I am so very sorry for your loss. I just saw this on the EO site. I can't help but remember a particular evening that I was visiting you, and your mom and dad were there as well. Warren looked at me and said "it is time for you to leave, Karen has work tomorrow and she needs her rest." Of course, I thought he was kidding, you being 50, and me not much younger, but no, he was not kidding, he was very serious. Always the father.... you are blessed to have had your father and, still, your mother as long as you have had them in your life. I am thinking of you. Give Alice a big hug for me. Kathy

Eleventh Hour Warriors
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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