Thomas Roy Wilkens, 76, of Waterloo, IL, formerly of Lenzburg, IL, born March 17, 1944 in E. St. Louis, IL, passed away on Sunday March 14, 2021 at home in Waterloo, IL surrounded by his family. Mr. Wilkens was a retired car man with Gateway Western Railroad, a member of the Pope and Young Club, an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to attend his grandchildren’s activities. He was also well known for his gardening and his BBQ with his own homemade sauce. Thomas was also a 40 year member of the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Wilkens was preceded in death by his parents; Henry and Norma (Boyer) Wilkens and by a brother who died in infancy.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife; Glenda Sue (Koenigstein) Wilkens of Waterloo, IL, who he married on February 12, 1965 in Pinckneyville, IL, two daughters; Theresa (Charles) Edwards of Waterloo, IL and Deborah (Bret) Strobo of Millstadt, IL, two sisters; Joyce Schaefer and Nancy (Dennis) Sutherland, three grandchildren; David (Jessica) Kernan, Alyssa Edwards and Katelyn Strobo, great grandson Barrett, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Memorials may be made to the family, Humane Society of Monroe County or to the donor’s choice.
Visitation: Friends may join the family from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday March 18, 2021 and again from 9 – 10:15 a.m. on Friday March 19, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL. A prayer service will be held Thursday evening at the funeral home. Per CDC guidelines, face masks must be worn at all times while in the building.
Funeral: A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday March 19, 2021 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL with Father Von Deeke officiating. Interment will follow at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens, IL. Face masks must be worn at all times in the church.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.