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Herbert P. "Herb" Wilke

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Wilke Herbert P. "Herb" Wilke, age 92, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017. He was born July 6, 1924 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Fritz and Hermina Wilke and is also preceded in death by his daughter Debra Boyd, brothers Edward, Walter, Carl, and Don Wilke and brother-in-law Jack Riehle. Herb is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joan Wilke; son, James (Beth) Wilke; son-in-law, James Boyd; grandchildren, Jodi (Jeff) LeMaster, Andy (Amy) Boyd, and Ann (Colin) Gleek; great-grandchildren, Madison, Avery, Ashton, and Benjamin; sister-in-law, Sherry Riehle; close friends, Bill and Ruth Stelzer; many nieces and nephews. Herb was a WW II US Coastguard Veteran who served aboard the USS Wakefield. After his military service, he returned home to the family meat packing business, Ohio Packing Company where he served as President for many years. Herb was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Sunrise Lodge No. 783 F.&A.M. and Aladdin Temple Shrine. He was a very gifted musician and will be greatly missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Clark State Road, Gahanna with Rev. Kai Nilsen officiating. Inurnment will follow at Peace Lutheran Church Columbarium. To share memories and condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 3, 2017
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