Passed away at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Friday, May 4, 2012 of Exeter in his 89th year. Dear husband of Grace A. (Upshall) Adkins. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on February 16, 2012. Father of Dianne and Bill Dietrich of Waterloo, Bruce and partner Brett McLennan of Kitchener, Audrey and Peter Dakin of London and Sueanne Adkins of Exeter. Grandfather of Tim and Rosie Dietrich, Christopher Dietrich; Lauren Dakin and Gregory Dakin and great-grandpa Wilmer to Vanessa and Charlotte Dietrich. Brother of Stewart and Janice of Winnipeg, Jack of Clinton and Donald and Diane of Sarnia. Brother-in-law of Joyce Adkins, Margaret Upshall, Elaine Harburn, Bob Upshall and Jeanette Clarke, Doug and Faye Upshall and Don and Betty Upshall. He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Henry and Violet (Fuss) Adkins, brother Howard, sister Shirley Powell and her husband Ernie, brothers-in-law Jack Upshall and Don Harburn and sister-in-law Beverly Adkins and Kay Cook.
Wilmer drove a transport truck for Hensall Co-Op, Guenther Tuckey and Laidlaw Transport. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge #67 for 73 years. He enjoyed curling, lawn bowling and watching his grandchildren’s sports.
Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, (1 street west of Main), Exeter on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at 11 AM with Rev. Paul Ross officiating. Interment Staffa Cemetery. There will be an Oddfellows service in the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon at 4 PM.
Donations to the South Huron Hospital Foundation, the Exeter United Church or Camp Trillium (Childhood Cancer Support) would be appreciated by the family.
Condolences, online donations and further information may be found at www.haskettfh.com.