Howard Wilking

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Daily Press
May 16, 2002


H. Richard Wilking, age 77, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in Williamsburg, Va., after a long illness.

Mr. Wilking was born March 7, 1925, in Bedford, Indiana, and was the son of William Perry and Bertha Clements Wilking. Following graduation from Bedford High School, he enlisted in the Naval V12 Officers Training Course and attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Supply Course School. He was sent to the Pacific and served as Dispersing Officer on the aircraft carrier Kopahee.

Following his discharge from the Navy, Mr. Wilking earned his BS and MBA at Indiana University and joined the First National Bank of Chicago Trust Dept. He worked there for 30 years in a variety of positions and at the time of his retirement he was a Senior Vice President.

In 1977, Mr. Wilking and his wife moved to Hanover, N.H., where he anticipated early retirement. However, he was quickly recruited by the Dartmouth National Bank to administer the Trust Investment Dept. and continued working for another 10 years.

In 1989 Mr. Wilking developed Parkinson’s Disease and in 1995 he and his wife moved to a retirement community in Williamsburg, Va. From there he entered the Manorhouse at Kingsmill where he was given loving and attentive care by an exceptional staff.

Survivors include his wife, Almeda of Williamsburg; his daughter, Elizabeth McMullen of Spencer, Iowa; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Wanda Wilking of S. Burlington, Vt.; and five grandchildren, Almeda McMullen, Erin McMullen, Christopher McMullen, Chatham Wilking and Bentley Foster Wilking.

A memorial service will be held Monday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at St. Martins Church in Williamsburg and memorial gifts may be given to the church in Mr. Wilking’s name at 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Bucktrout of Williamsburg is in charge.

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