Paul Eugene Wilkes, 87, of Carmel and formerly of Jasonville, passed away at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at Sunrise in Carmel.
Born Aug. 3, 1920 in Jasonville, he was the son of
Sam and Daisy (Chapman) Wilkes
He graduated from Jasonville High School in 1939 where he played on the state ranked football team.
He was a World War II veteran, who served in the U.S. Navy from February 1942 through October 1945. During his enlistment he was a shipmate on the U.S.S. Gendreau and a survivor of the D-Day attack on Normandy. He went on to have a career with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons where he worked as a Correctional and Training Officer, Acting Lieutenant, Purchasing Agent, Senior Examiner and Superintendent of Federal Prison Industries. He was a member of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and one time Commodore of the Terre Haute Yacht Club.
Survivors include: a brother, Joseph Wilkes of Carmel; a sister, Phyllis Zeps of Rome, GA; son-in-law, Steve Jones of Granger; grandson and wife, Matthew and Sandy Jones of Cedar Grove, WI; granddaughter and husband, Melissa and Daniel Brumfield of Noblesville; three great-grandchildren, Nick, Cara and Zachary
Preceded in death by his Parents; his wife, Thelma Mae Groves Wilkes on January 24, 1998; a daughter, Rebecca K. Jones; and three sisters: Marion Suthard, Elizabeth Webster, and Syble Ingole
Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday at McClanahan-Lee Funeral Home in Jasonville with Pastor Carl Leth officiating. Burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery in Midland with military graveside rites
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday.