1916 ~ 2013
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Woodford Workman Wilkerson of Garden Grove, California, St. George, and Mona, Utah, died July 13, 2013 at the age of 96. He lived a long life of service to his god, family, church and community.
He was born Dec. 24, 1916 to Joseph Benjamin Wilkerson and Esther Rebecca Workman at Lovell, Wyoming, a Christmas present to the family. His siblings are: William Decker, Isaac Driggs, Thelma Racheal, Esther, Benjamin Workman, Clifford Workman, Preston Workman, McKay Workman, Calvin Workman, all deceased, and Irene Finlinson living in Kennewick, Washington.
Woody, as he was usually called, married Emma Renon Cook on August 3, 1938 and had a family of nine children: Lee, Nancy Baker, both deceased, Gay, Carl, Douglas, Richard, Dale, Kent, and Tamera Infanger.
He learned the blacksmith trade from his father and knew how to put a tire on a wagon wheel. During World War II he was an airplane mechanic at Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas, Nevada. After the war he was a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad and drove the large big boy steam engines over the Continental Divide. Like his fathers, he followed a number of vocations: farming, mining, and construction. He retired as a millwright at the Tintic silver mine in Eureka, Utah.
Woody was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and filled many callings. After retiring, he and his wife served missions in the Redding California Mission, in London, England, and temple service missions in the Manti temple. Woody's family is his joy; he had nine children, 34 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. He has now reunited with his sweetheart.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Berg Drawing Room Chapel, 185 East Center Street, Provo. Friends may call at the mortuary on Friday evening from 6 until 8 and at the mortuary on Saturday afternoon one hour prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Published in Deseret News on July 18, 2013