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“Steve, Dave Schroeder and I were in the hospital at the same time when we were born in January 1947. Mom told me that. The first play of the first...Read More »
1 of 60 | Posted by: James Trodick - CO - friend

“Steve, enjoy your new home and our prayers and love are with you and your family, God Bless. ”
2 of 60 | Posted by: Jim and Carol Redwanski - IN

“Thinking of you. Sorry to hear of your loss. ”
3 of 60 | Posted by: Heather and Jim Coyle Family

“Deepest sympathy. May God Bless. ”
4 of 60 | Posted by: Carol & Eric Janvrin - Morrison, IL

“I am thinking of all of you during this time of loss. Steve touched many lives and will be missed. ”
5 of 60 | Posted by: Judy Johnson - Morrison, IL

“Steve will be missed. He ment so much to our daughters, which he coached in swimming. We had many fun times in the years he coached them. ”
6 of 60 | Posted by: Brad and Linda Hartwig - Marion, IA

“Our deepest sympathies to your family. I have had the opportunity to work with Steve on the County Board for the past 8 years and I know of the...Read More »
7 of 60 | Posted by: James Arduini - Sterling, IL

“I chose a blue candle for the Seahorses. I will always remember Steve's passion for swimming and for teaching our kids to never give up. The next...Read More »
8 of 60 | Posted by: Julie Belschner - Columbus, WI

“Sending thoughts and prayers to your family! ”
9 of 60 | Posted by: Troy & Tacha Peppers - morrison, IL

“Sending our sympathy to the whole family. 'Scuba' Steve was such a great swim coach to my kids, Alyssa and Nick. We sure appreciated his work ethic...Read More »
10 of 60 | Posted by: Rita Kaufman and family - Erie, IL

“Your family is in our prayers and on our minds. While we are unable to attend the visitation, please know our hearts are with you. Steve has left a...Read More »
11 of 60 | Posted by: Darrel Angie Faith & Camden VanderVinne - IL

“Margie and Family,We are all so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. You could always count on seeing Steve at Morrison athletic events. Either...Read More »
12 of 60 | Posted by: Marsha Crump-Naftzger Family & Diane Walters Naftzger - IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
13 of 60 | Posted by: Julie K. Zuidema - Rock Falls, IL

“Praying for comfort and peace for your entire family. ”
14 of 60 | Posted by: Jason and Erica Strating - IL

“So very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 60 | Posted by: Heather Zaagman-Lindstrom

“Sorry for Your Loss. Thinking of You and Your Families...Bob and Kathy Huizenga ”
16 of 60 | Posted by: Kathy Huizenga - Morrison, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Doug, Kolleen, and Lauren Pannier ”
17 of 60 | Posted by: Doug Pannier - Morrison, IL

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time. ”
18 of 60 | Posted by: Michael Workman - Scottsdale, AZ

“Our sympathy to Steve's family. Wishing you comfort as you remember all the good times. ”
19 of 60 | Posted by: Brian and Cindy Bonneur - IL

“Our sincere sympathy to Steve's family. Our thoughts and prayers go with you. ”
20 of 60 | Posted by: John and Arlene Dickey - Morrison, IL

“We are so very sorry for your loss. ”
21 of 60 | Posted by: Brian and Mary Oostenryk Morrison

“My family will always remember Steve as a skilled and caring Coach, major contributor to the community and mostly we will remember him as a respected...Read More »
22 of 60 | Posted by: Bill, Elwyn, Chad, Ben, Emily Nice

“Steve was a fellow County Board member. I admiredhim and was proud to sKZ4S6erve the County with him. ”
23 of 60 | Posted by: Bud Thompson - Prophetstown, IL

“My family will always have a place in our hearts for Steve. He not only was a wonderful baseball coach for Paul's Prestos but he helped shape and...Read More »
24 of 60 | Posted by: Tim Paul - Friend

“Our deepest sympathy to Steve's family. ”
25 of 60 | Posted by: Karen & Bob Endress - Morrison, IL

“We are thinking of you. Hoping you know your family and friends are right here for you! ”
26 of 60 | Posted by: Wayne, Lynda & Mathew Endress - IL

“Coach Steve will be missed by many CHS swimmers who he so generously gave his time and care to for so many years. ”
27 of 60 | Posted by: Michelle Larson - Chicago, IL

“Dear Wilkens Family,I worked with Steve at IDOT, he was kind person, you are in my prayers ”
28 of 60 | Posted by: Tony Baratta - Dixon, IL

“Ray and I send you our Christian love and sympathy to you Margie and the girls at this most difficult time. Ray "Sam" enjoyed the years that he and...Read More »
29 of 60 | Posted by: Ray and Miriam Babak - Fulton, IL

“Margie and Family...We are so, so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was such a trooper and has been through so much these past few years. Please...Read More »
30 of 60 | Posted by: Duane and Sharon Habben - Friend

“Our thoughts & prayers are with all of the family ”
31 of 60 | Posted by: Phil & Darlene Evkland - Gilbert, AZ

“So sorry Margie. I know Steve and you have had a rough time. Pray that he is at peace with our Lord and Savior.ITB3N ”
32 of 60 | Posted by: Donna Cady - Morrison, IL

“I had the privilege of coaching Kings and Queens swim team in Clinton with Steve. His work ethetic was inspirational. I think of him often...Read More »
33 of 60 | Posted by: Ken Strom - Clinton, IA

“My sons Ryan and Brent had Steve as a swim coach at Clinton High School, he was a great coach and helped my son get a scholarship to Western Illinois...Read More »
34 of 60 | Posted by: Gail Kruse - Fulton, IL

“Good memories of Steve! We are so sorry for your loss. ”
35 of 60 | Posted by: JaneAnn & Marc Ardapple & Adami - IL

“Prayers for the family and sorry for your loss. ”
36 of 60 | Posted by: Guy & Linda Plumley - Davenport, IA

“Our deepest condolences to you all. Prayers for strength and comfort during this difficult time. ”
37 of 60 | Posted by: Nathan and Jenny Anderson

“Our sympathy on the loss of Steve. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
38 of 60 | Posted by: Bob and Nancy Countryman - Fulton, IL

“Our deepest sympathy for Margie and family. ”
39 of 60 | Posted by: Roger & Sue Drey - Morrison, IL

“Margie and family: So sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you. ”
40 of 60 | Posted by: Janice Workman - Morrison, IL

“So sorry for your loss. Prayers. ”
41 of 60 | Posted by: Barbara and Bob Hahn - Morrison, IL

“Prayers to the family. Steve was a neighbor, friend and even an employer back in the mid 60's What a great man and a tragic loss ”
42 of 60 | Posted by: Jerry Scudder - Hugo, MN - Friend

“Prayers for your peace. ”
43 of 60 | Posted by: Lindsay Reams - Plainfield, IL

“With our sincere sympathy to you Margi and your family ”
44 of 60 | Posted by: Esther and Ken Huizenga - IL

“So very sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. ”
45 of 60 | Posted by: Jane Hoffman - Morrison, IL

“steve was a good man and good. A great worker. We worked together in politics in the 1970's. My thought and prayers go out to his family. Sorry I...Read More »
46 of 60 | Posted by: Denny McMahon - Wheaton, IL

“Our sincere condolences to the entire family. Steve was a great guy and we have so many wonderful memories. ”
47 of 60 | Posted by: Mark and Theresa Farrell Morrison

“You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
48 of 60 | Posted by: Kelvin and Sara Tenboer - IL

“My deepest sympathy - thoughts & prayers are with you all ! ”
49 of 60 | Posted by: Andrea Dalton - Morrison, IL

“Thoughts and prayers to the Steve Wilkens Family. ”
50 of 60 | Posted by: Joyce Kimmel - Palm Harbor, FL

“Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
51 of 60 | Posted by: Everett & Nancy Pannier - IL

“Memories are what makes people special. ”
52 of 60 | Posted by: Dale Armstrong - Sterling, IL

“So sorry! ”
53 of 60 | Posted by: Randy & Linda Boelkins - AZ

“Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. ”
54 of 60 | Posted by: Dan and Nancy Van Oosten - NC

“Rest in peace my friend. Your pain has finally ended. The Class of 65 has lost a special person. ”
55 of 60 | Posted by: NORMAN MORET - Geneva, IL

“Our deepest sympathy to Steve's family ”
56 of 60 | Posted by: john and bonnie bauscher - IL

“We are praying for peace and comfort for the Family. ”
57 of 60 | Posted by: Shane, Jennifer, Zach & Grace Dykstra - IL

“Sorry for your loss! ”
58 of 60 | Posted by: Roger & Deb Tegeler - Morrison, IL

“Thoughts & Prayers are with the family. ”
59 of 60 | Posted by: Darlene Hook - Morrison, IL

“My condolences to to the Wilkins family You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
60 of 60 | Posted by: Steve Osborn - Morrison, IL

Stephen P. Wilkins, 71, of Morrison, Illinois passed away on February 16th, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Rockford, Illinois.

Steve was born January 16th, 1947 in Morrison, Illinois to Paul B. Wilkins and Beverly (Bielema) Summers. He was raised by Beverly and Eugene "Mick" Summers. He was educated in the Morrison school district. He married Margaret Bryan on April 21, 1967.

He was a plant manager for Gate City Steel, he owned and operated his own painting business, and he retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in 2015.

Steve was very passionate about sports, coaching, and officiating. He coached Paul's Presto's Baseball Team, he was an age group and high school track coach, as well age group and high school swimming coach for over 30 years. He also was an official for basketball, swimming, track, baseball, and softball.

He was actively involved in the politics of his community. He served on the Morrison City Council, Whiteside County Board, and the Sheriff's Merit Commission. He was also the Whiteside County Democratic Central Committee Chairman.

He was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Morrison, Illinois and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; his son Ron Wilkins of Fulton, his three daughters, Tracy (Andy) Henson of Morrison, Tawny (Mike) Wiersema of Morrison, and Tara Wilkins of Sycamore, Illinois; four granddaughters; Christie and Allie Wiersema, and Emily and Kate Henson all of Morrison; his dad Eugene "Mick" Summers, his sister Cindy Mayfield, and his brother Eugene Summers Jr. all of Prophetstown.

He was preceded in death by his mother and infant twin daughters, Mary and Margaret.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 20th at McDonald Funeral Home in 1601 16th Avenue in Fulton, Illinois.

Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, February 21st, at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Morrison, Illinois with Father Slawek officiating. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery.

A memorial has been established by the family.