Wilkinson, John Michael
John Michael Wilkinson, age 52, of Pine River, WI, got on his Harley and took a peaceful ride in the country. The ride ended with John finding true eternal peace with God, on August 20, 2012, as the result of a motorcycle accident. John was born in Stevens Point, WI on February 3, 1960. He was the son of George and Mary (Crueger) Wilkinson.
John was a 1978 Waupaca High School graduate. John was always there and ready to help everyone from repairing cars, plowing snow, to remodeling houses. His experiences with work started at Waupaca Café. It was not long before he seemed to be the chief cook and bottle washer there. He then moved on to Ron and Lloyd's grocery store and stayed there for several years, and was currently employed at Waupaca Foundry. John worked hard and always had pride in what he did. John had the philosophy that work is what you do, not who you are. That is why the only titles or positions he wanted and held were: Dad, Brother, Husband, Son, and Friend. John may have not known the inside of a church very well, but he believed in God and practiced God's will, "be good to your fellow man". John was an avid hunter and sportsman. His trophies were few but his pleasures were infinite while hunting. John would have said that his family was his greatest accomplishment. He started his own family in 1979 with Barbara Brandt. He completed his family when he married Tammy Thompson of Wild Rose, WI on March 24, 1997.
Left to carry on his beliefs, and memories are wife, Tammy, and daughter, Haeleigh, at home; son, Matt (Samantha Johnson) Wilkinson of Waupaca; daughter, Emily (John Fox) Wilkinson of Iola; daughter, Lindsay Wilkinson of Waupaca; and son, Jordan 'Bud' Wilkinson of Waupaca. Grandchildren, Destiney, Justus, Bryce, Jakon, Carsyn, Audrey, and Brayden. Mother and step-father, Mary and Ardie Braun. Sisters, Joanne (David) Lick, Jill (Mark) Wendt, Jody (Robert) Neuman, Shelley Wilkinson; and a brother, Jeff (Paula) Wilkinson, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.
Upon the completion of his journey he was greeted by his father, George Wilkinson, his grandmothers and grandfathers, and Spike (the family dog and John's buddy).
God, we thank you for sharing John with us, and ask that you keep him close to you, and his memories close to us, until we can be with him again.