Funeral service for Marvin Lee Wilkerson, Sac City, was held Friday, November 15, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Sac City with Reverend Sharla Hulsey and Reverend Phil Coe officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Sac City. Farber and Otteman Funeral Homes, Sac City, was in charge of arrangements.
Marvin Lee Wilkerson, age 64, died November 11, at Loring Hospital following a lengthy illness with cancer.
Marvin was born January 5, 1938, the son of Ira and Hazel (Eby) Wilkerson in Coleridge, NE. Marvin attended schools in Coleridge, Sioux City and graduated from Sac City High School after moving to attend school in Sac when his father contracted polio. He lived with his sister Juanita and her husband Glenn Bettin.
Marvin was united in marriage to Joan Shadle on June 21, 1959, at the First Christian Church in Sac City. He was later baptized and became a member of the Christian Church. Marvin started working at the greenhouse as a part time job with Jim Leonard. He was able to buy the greenhouse from Barbara Rudd after her father Jim Leonard passed away. Marvin's life was devoted to the greenhouses and flower shop and he loved every minute of it. He was past President of the Iowa Florist Association, a former FTD Director and received the Outstanding Award of Horticulturists at Ames. He was Past Master of the Occidental Lodge No. 178 A.F. and A.M. of Sac City and one of ten to be first inducted into the Sac City Community Hall of Fame Members. He was a member of Abu-Bekr Shrine at Sioux City, Sioux City Consistory, Tri-county Shrine, and served on the Sac City Council and other offices.
Marvin is survived by his wife Joan; his mother Hazel Wilkerson of Countryside Nursing Home in Sioux City; his mother-in-law Mildred Shadle of Sac City; sister and brother-in-law Juanita and Glenn Bettin of Hartley; brother Gordon Wilkerson of Sioux Falls, SD; and uncle Glen Eby of Norfolk, NE; nephew Scott Bettin and his wife Terri and their family of Minneapolis, MN and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Ira; his father-in-law Robert Shadle and a nephew Mike Bettin.