BYRON - Dennis G. Wilker, 62, died of cancer on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. Dennis was born April 21, 1947 in Owatonna, MN to Donald and Daisy (Cress) Wilker. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1965 and attended Austin VO Tech receiving a degree in Drafting.Dennis was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He returned to Minnesota in 1969 and was employed with Fullerton Lumber until 1989. In 1990, he became a part owner of Rochester Lumber Company until his retirement in December 2003. On November 21, 1970 Dennis married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Mae Johnson in Owatonna. They have since resided near Byron where they raised their family of two children, Christie and Jason. After his retirement, Dennis opened an antique shop, "Denny's Curiousity Shoppe" in Byron.Dennis was a member of the VFW Post 4555 of Mantorville; American Legion Post 119 of Byron; Military Order of Cooties; The Fraternal Order of Eagles 1791 of Owatonna. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of HooHoo (Fraternal Order of Forest Products Industry), the Home Builders Association, and Christ Lutheran Church of Byron.Dennis enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, touring, auctions, his 1999 Plymouth Prowler, and vacations with family and friends. Dennis is survived by his wife Sandra; his daughter Christie (John) Bausman, of Byron; a son, Jason (Tiffany) Wilker, of Byron; his father, Donald E. Wilker, of Owatonna; brothers, Dale (Carol) Wilker, of Hope, MN and Dean of Quail Valley, CA; five grandchildren, Morgan and Tyler Bausman, Kyla, Kinslei, and Jaxx Wilker, all of Byron; and several nieces and nephews.Dennis is preceded in death by his mother, Daisy. A Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Rd. NW in Byron with Pastor Dick Rehfeldt officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at 3:30 P.M. on Thursday at Owatonna Memorial Gardens. Military Honors will be provided by Byron Post 119. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Christ Lutheran Church in Byron.
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Sorry to read of my Vietnam Army Buddy. Denny was a true friend during our Nam tour. The best to all! John Sandell
My dear friend Sandy,
Linda Grande informed me of the passing of your beloved Denny. I grieve your loss along with you and your children. May the Lord comfort you and bless you as you travel this difficult journey.
Sincerely, Carole Butterfass
My deepest sympathy go out to Dennis' family and friends; for his loss is our loss. To have known and laughed with Dennis, will always be a pleasant memory.
Jason and Family,
I'm very sorry to hear about your Dad passing away. It is sad to see when he's still young and enjoying retirement, from what I remember he was a great guy with a good sense of humor. Hang in there buddy.
Dear Sandy,Jason,Christie and the extended Wilker family.
I am sorry to hear that Denny has lost his battle with cancer. He put up a courageous fight.
After calling on Denny at both the Fullerton and Rochester yards for over 30 yrs and serving on the Hoo-Hoo board with him for about the same time. I grew to appreciate all his skills as a businessman and his loyalty as a friend.
I will miss his wry sense of humor, the
Denny-ism's and the friendship we developed over time. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort that he is with his LORD.
Our prayers and blessings are with you during this time of sorrow.
Gerry & Tonja Schreck
Our most sincere thoughts go out to the entire Wilker family. Dennis was a terrific person and will be missed dearly by all.
We are all truely sorry for you loss.
Jason and family, I'm very sorry for your loss and sending my deepest sympathy. God bless.
Dear Sandy and Family,
Steve and I were so sad to hear that Dennis' journey on earth ended. Steve always said that he was one of a kind! Your family has been through so much, so please know that we will keep our prayers flowing your way!
Mary and Steve
Just wanted you all to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Know God is with you during this difficult time.
Sandy, Jason and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you find strength in the Lord to help you during this grieving time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
You have our sincere sympathy. We pray for God to give you His strength. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Matthew, Kristin, Jacqui, Jayna, Connor, Garret and Gretta Larson