Jesse I. Wilkerson, Jr., 80, ofGardner, passed away Oct. 31, 2012 atOlatheMedicalCenter.
Jesse was born May 1, 1932 inSedalia,Mo.to Jesse I. Sr. and Grace B. (Deuel) Wilkerson. He grew up inMissouri, moved toKansas City, then toBronson,Kan.and toGardnerin 1985 to be near family.
Jesse married Patricia Mae “Pat” Chance Aug. 5, 1972 inBronson,Kan.He co-owned and operated the Santa Fe Trail Doll Shop with his wife, Pat.
Jesse was an artist and he made and repaired jewelry. He owned the first self-service gas station, Pioneer Oil, in Bronson, where he also served as mayor. He was a member of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, an active liberal Democrat and a ham radio operator “KØGZR.”
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Dorothy Wilkerson, Laura Thompson and Mildred Wilkerson.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, of the home; son, Michael and Christine Wilkerson, ofGardner, and two grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua.
A private family graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Nov. 5, 2012 at GardnerCemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com