John Wilken, of Hanover, passed away in the loving arms of his beloved wife Jeannette and his devoted daughters Melissa and Alison at home in the early morning hours of Thursday September 4, 2014. He was surrounded by his loving family when he lost his very brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was 64 and he and Jeannette would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary next month.
John was born to Violet (nee Eva) and Karl Wilken on December 26, 1949 and spent his entire life in the town of Hanover working and raising his family. Family meant everything to John but he also enjoyed his career in the service industry working for McArthur Tire Service for more than 30 years. John’s strong work ethic was an example for anyone who had the privilege of knowing him and he touched the lives of many with his infectious laughter and unique sense of humour.
He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife and best friend Jeannette (nee Ahrens) Wilken, his cherished daughters Melissa (Erich) Warner, Alison (Mark) Braithwaite, his precious grandchildren Everett Braithwaite, Ethan Warner and Baby Warner expected soon. Lovingly remembered by his mother Violet (nee Eva) Wilken-Aylwin, his sister Sharon (George) Rahn, brothers Don and Paul (Diane), stepsister Brenda Aylwin and stepbrother Steve Aylwin. Also lovingly remembered by his mother-in-law Helen Ahrens, brother-in-law Frank (Micheline) Ahrens, sister-in-law Elizabeth (Ralph) Timm, sister-in-law Rose Ahrens, and brother-in-law Scott (Leila) Ahrens, special god-sons Jason Rahn and Andrew Wilken and god daughter Rebecca Timm along with many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his father Karl Wilken, step-father Norm Aylwin and twin sisters in infancy.
Visitation will be held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm with a “Celebration of Life” to be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 11 am on Monday, September 8, 2014.
Memorial donations to the Hospital for Sick Kids – Toronto, Salvation Army Food Bank – Hanover Branch and the Hanover and District Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Register book available at www.mightonfuneralhome.ca