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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/10/2017 01:32 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/10/2017 01:32 PM
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Walter H Wilkinson 1914 - 2017

Murphys, CA...Walt was born in 1914 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away on November 6, 2017 at age 103. When he was 5 years old, his family embarked on a cross country camping trip to leave frigid Michigan for the warm, sunny climate of California. In the months it took to cross the country, they saw as many National Parks as possible- Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and more. The family often had to camp for days by a river to wait for the water level to go down so they could cross. They settled in Los Angeles, where Walt went to school. In the 1930’s, Walt lived for a time in San Francisco, often walking down to the Marina to watch the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.




Walt owned and operated a printing company, first printing specs for all the aerospace companies. When that declined, his company printed books. He retired after 30 years and spent most of his time thereafter traveling with his wife Thelma, to whom he was married for 66 years. They were pretty good golfers and played until they were 90 years old! He was an avid reader and read only non-fiction, always wanting to learn more.

In 2000, he and Thelma moved to Murphys to be closer to family. Walt made many friends here and people loved his friendly ways. He was the gentlest of gentlemen and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma and his son Neil. He is survived by his daughter Janis (Dave) Olson, his daughter-in-law Elaine Wilkinson, his grandchildren Tim, Kory and Michele and 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and great nieces.

As per his wishes, there will be no services. If you wish to honor his memory, give a stranger a smile today, do a small kindness for someone, or help a person in need, for this is what he did his entire life.


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Posted on: 2017-11-10 15:07:47   By: Anonymous
 
Walter sounds like a wonderful man who lived a great life.

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    Posted on: 2017-11-10 15:36:40   By: Anonymous
     
    Must have been a great guy to sit down and talk to .

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      Posted on: 2017-11-10 17:06:52   By: Anonymous
       
      Must have seen my father in law who gave me pics of the Golden Gate Bridge being constructed. Dam, that’s old stuff.

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Posted on: 2017-11-10 17:21:29   By: Anonymous
 
What a wonderful human being. Rest in peace.

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Posted on: 2017-11-10 18:12:18   By: Anonymous
 
Long full life. If we were all that lucky.

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Amazing Life
Posted on: 2017-11-10 20:50:51   By: Anonymous
 
What an amazing life he must have had.

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    Posted on: 2017-11-10 21:50:52   By: Anonymous
     
    He lived in a time that I wish we still had the ability to enjoy. When men dressed in suits every day a d people lived a much simpler life. God bless and RIP!

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      Re: Amazing Life
      Posted on: 2017-11-11 04:37:32   By: Anonymous
       
      He lived the greatness of our country.

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Posted on: 2017-11-11 07:45:15   By: Anonymous
 
Glad to have known you Walt, always a gentleman. RIP.

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Posted on: 2017-11-11 07:51:46   By: Anonymous
 
"If you wish to honor his memory, give a stranger a smile today, do a small kindness for someone, or help a person in need, for this is what he did his entire life."
What a great request, good night Walt

PS (and I will try to be nice on here too)

RIP Walt



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    Posted on: 2017-11-11 19:08:56   By: Anonymous
     
    I wish there were more men like Walt. What an American treasure.

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      Posted on: 2017-11-12 06:34:56   By: Anonymous
       
      I adored my grandpa and his son too, guess I was lucky, like Father like son, both showed their love. Those of you with kids
      and their Grandpa and Ma are still living and loved, try to get them up to visit why there's still time on the clock.
      Walt sounded like a great guy.

      RIP Walt


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