Virgil Quinten Wilkins, age 92, of McHenry, died Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.
He was born July 3, 1920 in Henry, IL, to Lyle L. and Eva (Isom) Wilkins. On July 4, 1987, he married Penelope Lysen at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Cary.
A resident of McHenry for the past 25 years, Virgil previously resided in Mundelein and Monroe, WI.
A veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps, he served during World War II in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and African theatres. He attained the rank of sergeant.
After discharge from the military, he began his career working at G.E. in Chicago. While working full time, he studied industrial engineering in night classes while attending Wright College in Chicago and later at U.W. Madison. Following a long career in the industrial engineering sector, he retired from Brake Parts in 1970 after 21 years of employment.
An avid golfer, he enjoyed participating in the McHenry Businessmen’s League for many years. He also was a loyal Cubs and Bears fan.
A member of McHenry V.F.W. Post 4600, he served as past commander of V.F.W. Post while living in Monroe.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Penelope; three children, Beverly (Jim) Mitchner of Aurora, CO, Donna (Gary) Diamond of Cary, and Jim (Christine) Wilkins of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren, Lauren (Jason Crum) Geerdts-Crum, Robert Geerdts, Megan and Caitlin Diamond, Keith (Samantha) Wilkins, Craig and Kelly Wilkins; two great grandchildren, Brena Geerdts-Crum and Holly Wilkins; a brother, Russell (Alice) Magill; four step-children, Beth Scott of McHenry; Scott (Jena) Lysen, Michelle (Paul) Bohr, and Jeffrey Lysen; 12 step-grandchildren, including Nicole (Scott) Ouimette and Jamey Scott of McHenry; and 4 step-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Leona (Conley) Wilkins; a sister, Vera Schmidt, and a brother, Philip Wilkins.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service. Interment will be in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.
His family suggests memorials to V.F.W. Post 4600 to benefit veterans at the Capt. James Lovell Medical Center; or to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org); or to the American Cancer Society.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Friends may send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.