2018 01/05 - Ronald Eugene Wilkins
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Ronald Eugene 'Rev' Wilkins, age 65, of Salem, IL died December 29, 2017, at his home. "Rev" worked for J & E, Later MRJ Surveyors for over 40 years. He was awarded an Honorary membership in the Illinois Land Surveyors Association. He was a member and past president of the Marion County Fair Board. Other memberships included the Southern Illinois Antique Power Club, the National Rifle Association, the Southern Illinois Deer Hunters Association, and the Forbes Lake Limbhangers NWTF.

"Rev" will be cremated as per his request. Burial will be private. The family invites friends to gather for conversation and refreshment with them from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Marion County Fair Exhibition Hall. Memorials may be made to the Marion County Fair Board and will be accepted by the Rankin Funeral Home, entrusted with the families care.

Born June 24, 1952, in Salem, he was the son of Richard H. and Betty Gene (Jones) Wilkins who preceded him in death.

Surviving "Rev" are his siblings, Barbara Lorenzini, of Centralia, Jacquelyn Schuler of Salem, Ricky Kay Dunaway of Walnut Hill, Richard L. "Keebler" Wilkins and wife Marcia of Salem, Danny "Mtn. Dew" Wilkins of Centralia, Michael Wilkins and wife Sandy of Salem, Roger Wilkins and friend Karen of Salem, Kevin Wilkins of Boyd, Marsha Pritchard and husband Jim of Altamont, Mary (Tina) Wilkins of Salem, Jay Dee Wilkins and wife Linda of Salem, Debbie Torbeck of Odin, and Jeanette Hodge and husband Kerry of Odin, along with a host of nephews and nieces. Also left to mourn his passing is his aunt, Hilda Hill and uncle Raymond W. Brown both of Salem, along with many cousins. "Rev" is also survived by his special friends, Devan Vandeveer of Kinmundy, and Sandra Jenkins of Odin.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a nephew, Ben Wilkins, great-niece, Lanie Hester, brothers-in-law, Lewis Lorenzini, George Schuler, Doug Dunaway, and Marvin Torbeck, along with several aunts and uncles.

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