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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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