Werner E. Wilking, 77

Werner E. Wilking, 77, of Ft. Myers, Fla., formerly of West Bend, was called home to heaven Dec. 31, 2010, at Consulate Health Care of North Fort Myers after suffering many physical setbacks over the last several years.

He was born March 14, 1933, in Milwaukee, to Werner A. Wilking and Jeanette E. Wilking (nee Dunn). His grandfather, Eugene Wilking, emigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island, N.Y., from Dusseldorf, Germany, as a church missionary in 1903.

He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison class of 1959. He ran track while in college and was a member of the University "W" club, winning many AAU pole vaulting events nationally and held several records.

He was in the U.S. Army from December 1953 to 1955, serving in the Korean Theater causing him to miss the birth of his only son. He was a member of the all-Army track team and competed in events in Japan while in the service.

He moved to West Bend to work for Kenro Plastics in 1963 after working for Mirro Aluminum Co. in Manitowoc. He was an avid golfer, bowler and an active member of the West Bend Country Club and was a lifelong fan of professional sports.

In 1975 he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and subsequently to Florida to assist his parents (of Milwaukee) who retired there earlier.

He loved vacationing in Colorado while visiting his son and always said it was his favorite place in the world. He was very devoted to his family even visiting his son and family when they lived in Europe.

He worked as a volunteer in Ft. Myers hospitals, supporting heart surgery patients and their families.

He is survived by his son, Rick (Sharon, nee Wilkens) of Golden, Colo., formerly of West Bend and Newburg; grandson, Benjamin also of Golden; and his brother, David (Sandy) of Waukesha. Uncle of Kim Wilking. Also survived by Kimís son, Jeremy (Trisha) and their children, Samantha, Lindsey, Kayla; and other friends and relatives.

Preceded in death by his parents, three aunts, two uncles on his fatherís side and two aunts on his motherís side.

Arrangements by National Cremation of Ft. Myers. (239) 939-7911.