William J. Wilkins

William J. Wilkins

William J.( Bill) Wilkins, 59, of 300 Mackeyville Road, Mill Hall, took his final journey, hand in hand with Jesus on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, after a long battle with a brain tumor.

Bill was surrounded by his loving wife, Susan Joy Wilkins, loving family and his beloved dog “Smokie.” Born in Lock Haven on May 28, 1959 to Donald E. (deceased) and Sallee Ricker Wilkins.

Bill lived a full and active life, exploring the mountains of Pine Creek and North Carolina, be it hiking, camping, or biking. One of his favorite places was Slate Run where he was also a firefighter. It wasn’t unusual for Bill to end his day by a campfire. Next to the outdoors, carpentry was his second passion. Bill graduated from Penn State University and then taught carpentry at Penn Tech College. He also lived in North Carolina where he built beautiful furniture and log homes. He founded and directed The King of The Smokes Triathlon. He also served in the Navy Seabees.

Survivors include his wife, Susan; his mother, Sallee Wilkins; two sons, Cody and Colin; his sisters and brother-in-laws: Shelley and Ben Pisoni, Ann and Gregg Guerriero, Judy and Wayne Knelly, Patty and Jack Merinar and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Bill was preceded in death by his children Meredith and Carson.

Graveside services for William J. Wilkins will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the Linnwood Cemetery, McElhattan for family and friends. Officiating will be Pastor Laura King of the McElhattan United Methodist Church. A full military honors service will follow.

Memorial donations can be made in Bill’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Ks. 66675-8517.

Services are under the direction of the Yost-Gedon Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven.

Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.comme.com.