John Henry Wilke, age 69 of East Bethel, Minnesota passed away on March 4, 2021 at his home. He was born March 5, 1951 to Merton and Dorothy (Lehman) Wilke in Janesville, Wisconsin.
John enlisted in the Navy where he earned his GED. He served from March 18, 1969 and was honorably discharged on March 3, 1972. He then traveled for several years before he settled between Minneapolis and Cass Lake. John met the love of his life, Marilyn Thompson-Wilke, in 1978. They had three kids together, Jackie Daniels, Karla Thompson and Bill Thompson. He also had a son, Jason Wilke and daughter, Shelly Bollin from a previous marriage. John enjoyed life and his time with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was always a joy and a laugh. He loved hunting, fishing and making maple syrup.
He is survived by his daughters; Jackie Daniels, Karla Thompson, Shelly Bollin, Susan Daniels, Rhonda Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson, son; Jason Wilke, and many grandchildren. He also had some children that weren’t his, but he felt like they were; sisters; Audrey Bollin, Kristi (Charlie) Lemire, Melissa (Tom) Bauer, brothers; Marvin Bylund and Jamie Bylund.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; Marilyn Thompson-Wilke, son; Bill Thompson, stepdaughter; George Thompson, brothers, sisters, grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; and by many other relatives and friends.
The wake will start at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th and continue until her funeral service Friday, March 12th at 1:00 p.m. at the Facility Center in Cass Lake, MN. Pallbearers for John will be Peter Phonseya, Noel Cortez, Winter Cloud, Marcus Ross, Jerry LaRose, Richard Walker and Jason Wilke. His honorary pallbearers are Blaze Thunder, Marilyn Young, Alexis Johnson, Trudy Magney, Nevaeh Oothoudt, Alisa Thompson, Christy Thompson, Cheyenne Rakowiecki and Riley Thompson. Interment will be in the Thompsonville Family Cemetery at Cass Lake, MN following his Friday service.
John’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN and Strike Life Tributes of Isante, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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