Werner E. Wilking, 77
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
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
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.