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WilkieGary L. Wilkie

October 4, 1946 – August 24, 2015


Gary Lynn Wilkie, 68, of Monroe passed away unexpectedly Monday at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 9:30 Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church with a Mass of the resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Philip Ching, pastor of St. Michael Church, will officiate.


Gary was born October 4, 1948 in Monroe. He was the son of Merlin James and Pauline (Arnold) Wilkie. He married Mary E. Kansier October 25, 1968.


He was employed by Premier Industries for 42 years; retiring in August 2011.


He was a 1964 graduate of Monroe High School, a member of St. Michael the Arch Angel Church and Moose Lodge 884.


Gary enjoyed bowling and was a great baseball and softball player. He also LOVED to dance.


Gary was a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. The greatest moments for Gary was the time he spent with his friends and family.


He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Wilkie of Monroe, a daughter, Amy Jo Adkins of Toledo; son-in-law, Jason Adkins of Toledo; grandson, Mitchell James Adkins and a sister, Mary Sue Wilkie of Toledo.


He is preceded in death by his parents.


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28 Responses to Gary L. Wilkie

  • Jodi Chana says:

    Thinking of you during this time Mary.

  • Tom & Mary Bilan says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you Mary. We are remembering the good times with both of you in the past, and we will be here for you now and in the future. May God give you strength in the coming days. Our love and friendship forever!

  • Darlene Staelgraeve Golus says:

    Mary, I understand your pain at this difficult time. My heart aches for you, Amy and Mitchell. Selfishly, I ache at the loss of such a great friend and fellow Moose-keteer. It’s going to be a very long time for so many of us to get used to walking into the Moose and not see Gary sitting there; greeting many of us as we’d come in. A quiet man but opinionated. He loved telling me the story about laboring for my Dad when Ronnie Sims house was being built. You are lucky to have had him as a husband for almost 47 years and I am lucky to have had you and him as a friend. R.I.P. Gary.

  • ray cross says:


    With all deepest sympathy to you and family…R.I. P.

  • Marilyn Merkle Dunning says:

    Mary and family — Your loss is shared by many who care while we are keeping you in our
    hearts, thoughts and prayers. May you find courage to face tomorrow in the love that surrounds
    you today. My deepest condolences on the loss of your greatest treasure, Gary.

  • Mary Therese Reuss says:

    Mary and family- you are all in my prayers as you grieve.

  • lyman roark says:

    I am very sad to hear about your loss Mary.i knew gary for many many years and he was always fun to be around.i tried to get John CaRribino to bring him north to hang out and enjoy the scenery,.but could never quite coordinate it. I will miss him ,and hoPe you get through these trying times.Keep the faith, that there is a better life after this one..

  • Carol Ladley says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our deepest condolences to Mary and the rest of the family.

  • Brent and Patti Foster says:

    Our hearts go out to the whole family. I treasure all the good times that we have had over the years. Now both of my partners in crime at Hadley-Ardens are gone, but not forgotten.We had a lot of fun. If you need anything Mary, we are here for you.

  • joan connolly umfress says:

    My dear friend I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Amy and her family. Stay strong.

  • Janell Runion-Coker says:

    Mary and family, I am so sad to hear about Gary. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Rely on those around you to take care of your needs. You are loved. I will forever hold happy memories of times past with good friends who brought laughter and songs! May God bring you strength and peace today and always. Many hugs….

  • On behalf of Moose Lodge 884 Terry Schmelz says:

    On Behalf of Moose Lodge 884 Monroe Let Me pass our deepest condolence on the recent passing of Moose Member Gary. To say Gary was larger then life character would be an understatement. He will always be in our hearts filled with wonderful memories. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, A friend leaves a memory no one can steal. Farewell OUR Friend

    • larry peck says:

      I too will miss gary….I lived right across the street from him ….can’t believe it….he was always such a cool dude to live across the street from…..the cosmos darkened with his passing….charming, wise, and dare we “irreplaceable” he left a void no mere mortal can fill….though gone, this special being shall dwell forever in the hearts of those who loved him

  • Amy (Florian) Daigneau says:

    With deepest sympathy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lynn McCloskey Harter says:

    Mary, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Gary was such a great guy. I remember having lots of fun “back in the day.” I’ll never forget that day he went off to be inducted into the Army! Even though I haven’t seen either one of you since I moved to Atlanta, good people and good memories are never far from my mind. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your fond memories of the good times will help to bring your through your grief. I’m sure that Gary is dancing with the angels! XOXO

  • Steve and Noreen Head says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember all the good times and take comfort in knowing Gary is with our Lord.

  • Elaine Payne Hill says:

    Dear Mary and Amy:

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Gary. It’s so hard to loose our loved ones. Treasure the memories. God bless you and your family. Keeping you in my prayers.

    Elaine (Payne) Hill

  • PATTIE SMITH says:

    So so sorry Mary Sue My heart goes out to you and your family God Bless you

  • Jon and Bev (Sisk) Hoffman says:

    It is hard to believe that Gary has left us for a better place in Heaven, he was so young at heart. Gary was a part of our lives many years ago when we were carefree teens at Monroe High School and graduated together with the class of ’64. We celebrated out 50th class reunion just last year and Gary and Mary were there, but Gary wasn’t able to get around very easily at the time, so the dancing feet were still. Even though, he wasn’t able to get up and mingle, it didn’t matter, because his classmates came to his table. Gary was always the life of the party and always had a smile and a way about him that made you feel part of the gang. Even though we don’t live close, our prayers and concerns have been with each one of you that called him, “Honey and my BFF, dad, grandpa, brother and friend”. May you feel the warmth of our hug as you celebrate Gary’s life and memories of ‘just everyday life’ with Gary. We still have vivid memories of Gary, even after fifty years!!!!


    mary,&amy my heart felt sympathy gary was a great guy ; when he was in a room there was always plenty of laughter and smiles……

  • Jennifer Krieger says:

    Mary, Amy, Jason and Mitch – we were so saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lean on those around you for support and cherish the wonderful memories. God Bless and watch over you all. The Kriegers.

  • Tamara & Tristan says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts. Keep close the great memories you have and may those bring you some comfort during this difficult time.


    Mary, Amy and Mary Sue,, our love and prayers to all of you. We knew Gary as a young boy, a loved member
    of a special Family. There is so little anyone can say to bring you tSe comfort you deserve.
    We love you and pray for you, Mary, Amy and FAMILY AND Mary Sue.

  • Barbara (Blazoff) Baker says:

    Mary and family, even though I haven’t seen you in years, please know that you and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers in this very difficult time. Our families go back for generations. Not a lot of people can say that and I feel lucky that our families can. Big families are kind of a thing of the past but they sure do help and are so appreciated, especially in times of crisis. So lean on them now and in the future. That’s what they are intend to be.
    Rick and Barb (Blazoff)Baker

  • Darrell Myers says:

    Mary and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. It was great to know gary and play baseball with him at Monroe High. He is a great friend and a great baseball player, we sure had fun in the halls and on the field.



    Putt Myers

  • Kathleen Russeau says:

    Mary so sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sheila Haynes says:

    Dear Mary …we are so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time. Keeping all of you on prayer.
    Love and Sympathy,
    Joe and Sheila (Larner) Haynes

  • Sally Kegler says:

    Mary…Polly texted me about Gary’s sudden death. I’ve been through a few over the years. What sustains me is that after the shock/anger/grand emotions are over, life goes on. I remember that person with joy in my heart. I hope Gary enjoyed my left-over steak from our SMA dinner! (Thanks to much for coming!) Much love is directed to you at this time.

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