Chester Michael Wilkins
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Chester Michael Wilkins
  • May 31, 1948 - April 11, 2015
  • Rock Island, Illinois

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Chester Michael "Mike" Wilkins, age 66 of Rock Island, formerly of Normal, Illinois, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at home.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 18th from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. A celebration of life service will begin on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Private cremation will follow. Memorials may be made to the Blackhawk Area Special Education Center (B.H.A.E.C.), 4670 11th St., East Moline, IL 61244.

Mike was born on May 31, 1948 in Rock Island, the son of Glen and Jhohanna (Ybarra) Wilkins. He was a graduate of University High School in Normal, IL. On November 12, 1967, he married Janet Coon in Rock Island.

Mike retired from McLaughlin Body Company in 2014, after 18 years of service. He previously worked for Roth Tank Company for many years. He enjoyed watching racing of any kind, and cheering on the New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers. He also greatly enjoyed listening to music, especially the music he grew up with. He was dedicated to his family; they were his life.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Janet; children, Vicki Phillis, Aaron (Gretchen) Wilkins, Matthew Wilkins, and Michael (Kimberly) Wilkins; grandchildren, Tony, Elizabeth, and Joseph Phillis, Grace Wilkins, Ashlan, Madeline, and Ethan Wilkins; and Noah and Sky Stoutt; brothers, Joseph (Sharon) Wilkins, and Dan (Mary) Wilkins.

Mr. Wilkins was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Chester M. Wilkins, Jr., and brother, Glen Wilkins.

Condolences and memories may be shared at hodgsonfuneralhome.com.