Dean V. Wilkerson

Dean Vincent Wilkerson age 95 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at the Providence Medical Center in Wayne, NE.

Funeral services will be on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with the Rev. Deb Valentine officiating.  Burial will be at Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge with military rites by the Coleridge American Legion Post #114.  Visitation will be on Thursday, at church, from 5-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Friday one hour prior to services.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge.  The funeral service will be live-streamed at

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren Anne Reimer, Sarah Spellbrink, Adam Wilkerson, Jeff Wilkerson, Nicole Davis, Kylie Scallon, and Bryan Tamke.

Dean Vincent was born on December 28, 1926 in Laurel, Nebraska to Alfred Frank and Gladys Irene (Wallerstedt) Wilkerson.  He grew up in the Coleridge area and lived there his entire life.  Dean graduated from Coleridge High School in 1944.  Dean joined the U.S. Navy and served from December 1944 to July 1946, serving aboard the U.S.S. Kwajalein.  He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  Dean married Janice Elaine Papenhausen on June 5, 1949 in Coleridge, Nebraska.  He and Janice farmed northeast of Coleridge and moved into Coleridge in August of 2011.

Dean was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Coleridge American Legion Post #114, the Hartington VFW Post #5283, and was a former Church council member.

Dean is survived by his wife Janice of Coleridge; three children and spouses Vickie (Ralph) Glock of Springfield, NE, Terry (Sandy) Wilkerson of Coleridge, Trudy (Tom) Tamke of Fremont, NE; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; a sister Arlene Luebbe of Bothell, WA, sister-in-law Vivian Papenhausen, brother-in-law Earl (Shirley) Papenhausen, of Coleridge.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Patricia Lee; brothers-in-law Richard Luebbe, Henry Lee, and Curtis Papenhausen; parents-in-law Herman and Dena Papenhausen.

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8 response to "Dean V. Wilkerson"

  1. By: Linda Lambert Posted: July 11, 2022

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Dean. Condolences to all the family.

  2. By: Diane Wemhoff Posted: July 12, 2022

    Janice and family, Paul and I are saying prayers for you as you say Goodbye to Dean. Keep all your good memories alive and share often with your children. They are some of the best gifts God has given us.

  3. By: Linda J O'Hara nee Hansen Posted: July 13, 2022

    Janice and Family, I am so glad I was able to visit with Dean over Memorial Day. May he rest in peace. A life well lived. I am thinking of you. I will be watching on Facebook Friday.

  4. By: Marlys Hines Posted: July 15, 2022

    I am so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. He was such a special kind man that was always fun to talk to. Sending prayers and hugs to you. Cherish the memories. God Bless, Marlys Hines

  5. By: Pamela Lee Posted: July 15, 2022

    Aunt Janice and Family, thank you for arranging the live-streaming of Uncle Dean’s service. Rest in peace, dear Uncle Dean. Dean Wilkerson was a rock, a steadfast man with a good-natured sense of humor. Sending love

  6. By: Michelle Krapfl Posted: July 15, 2022

    Janice, Trudy, Terry and Vickie.
    My sympathy to all of you. I have many fond memories of Dean and your family. May he be be at peace now.
    Michelle Krapfl

  7. By: Michelle Krapfl Posted: July 16, 2022

    Janice, Vickie, Terry and Trudy.
    My sympathy to all of you and your families. I have so many fond memories of my visits to “Dean and Janice’s” while staying with Grandpa and Grandma. Peace to Dean and all of you.

  8. By: Dwight Hansen Posted: July 18, 2022

    Janice, Vickie, Terry, & Trudy
    My thoughts are with you and your family. I have so many memories starting in grade school. Dean was a lovely man and he and Janice were always so kind to my parents and the best of neighbors.

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