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July 15, 2018

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July 25, 2017
Some of my earliest memories are of Uncle Galen and Aunt Betty's farm. That's where I learned to love to ride horses, dislike chickens, shoot a rifle, and had my first ride on a tractor and in a Model - T. Thank you for all of the wonderful childhood memories. I will have the Wilkinsons in my thoughts and prayers.
July 25, 2017
To the Wilkinson family,

I am so sorry for your loss.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
May you be reunited with your loved one in heaven in the end.

I enjoyed visiting Uncle Galen and Aunt Betty and my cousins Jackie, Jill, and Jan on their farm even though they were older than me. I enjoyed seeing and visiting with the older boys and their wives too. I was amazed at how you all lived and how deeply rich and fertile the land was. I didn't know anything about farms until I got to visit Uncle Galen and Aunt Betty. I was also amazed at how big your family was. What a wonderful life it must have been for you all. Thank you for sharing a little bit of it with me when I was a child when I joined Gpa Van and Gma Van (Millie) on some of their trips to Indiana. I enjoyed those trips and seeing everyone, even though I didn't really know you all very well. Thank you for being so welcoming and hospitable then and making the effort to connect and be kind.

May the good days and the good memories make everything else fade into a soft glow of love to light the rest of your days.

I send you my prayers for comfort and strength for your loss and for more joy in the days and years ahead.
July 25, 2017
Such sad news...the world is a little dimmer with Uncle Galen's passing. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood were up at his and Aunt Betty's dairy farm. From driving the tractor with him, checking out his Model A and T, to smuggling a kitten home to FL in my jacket on an airplane from the barn. Spending time with Jacki and Jill...and that one Spring Break we stayed with Aunt Cheryl and cousins Jenny and Branch...and playing in the snow! Slip and Slide down the hill...to catching fireflies at night. I wish I could come pay my respects...please know that he and everyone is in my thoughts and prayers. Love and miss all of you!
July 24, 2017
Uncle Galen will be fondly be remembered by all of his family. I personally have so many memories as a young city girl coming to the farm. I could not wait to get up and get out to that barn. Uncle Galen would take me into the milking room and show me how the cows were milked and even let me try and Aunt Betty would coach me in feeding the calves with a bottle. Those are forever lasting memories. Our families spent many years going back and forth between Indiana and Florida. Years later on one of their last trips to Florida Uncle Galen gave his approval on a 1942 Ford tractor I had been considering to buy. He and Dad came to look it over since I really knew nothing about tractors, other than I really liked them and had always wanted to own one. I consider myself being very fortunate for having known and loved a very fine man. My sincerest condolences to all who loved him.