Roscoe Harold Wilkes

Roscoe Harold Wilkes

Roscoe Harold Wilkes passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2013 in southern Nevada where he resided for the past nine years. He was born Jan.25, 1918 in Bolivar, Mo., but was raised in Pioche, Nevada.

He was a graduate of USC Law School in Ca. He passed the Nevada bar in 1949 and served three terms as a District Attorney and two terms as a District Judge, before being appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. Coast Guard serving in Seattle, where he resided until his retirement in 1990.

As a navigator during World War II, Roscoe was shot down on his 28th mission over the Ploesti oil fields in Romania where he was imprisoned until the end of the War.

Known for his love of music and his colorful story telling, he started a pickup band on Bainbridge Island when he was 83, and he authored the book, "High Desert Tales" at age 92.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alberta Wilkes, and his second wife, Lois Wilkes. He is survived by his two daughters, Karen (Darryl Martin) Wilkes and Stephanie Wilkes Cumings; and by his granddaughter, Kayla Cumings and great grandson, Dysen Fass.

A celebration of life will be held in Pioche, Nv. at the historic Thompsons's Opera House on March 2nd.

Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 14, 2013