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Chief William Leo “Ace” Wilkerson

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Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:49 am

Chief William Leo “Ace” Wilkerson, Jr., U.S. Navy, retired, age 59, passed away on Sunday,

Jan. 23, 2011 in Kerrville. He was born on Oct. 31, 1951 in Ingram, to William Leo

Wilkerson Sr. and Evelyn Sutton.

William was a long term resident of Bandera County. William was a member of the U.S. Navy where he served his country for 18 years before his honorable medical retirement as a Chief Petty Officer with multiple honors. He was a beloved son, brother, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his daughters Michelle Garcia of Beeville, and Tara Elliott and husband Dane of Pawnee; sisters Cleo Silva and husband Roel of Midlothian, Billie Leona Lutz and husband Randy of Abilene, Talitha Ann Foster of Winters, Lisa Kremske and husband Paul of Bandera, and Joan Kalka of Bandera; brothers Andy Wilkerson and wife Helen of Bandera, John H. Wilkerson and wife Betty of Winters, Parry Daniel Wilkerson and wife Tammy of Merchel, and Carl Lynn Wilkerson and wife Jeanna of Bandera; grandchildren Audrey Kay Garcia and Kaleb Thomas Elliott; stepfather Jerry Kalka of Bandera; stepmother Juanita Baker of Winters; caregivers, Angelina Barbosa and Angelica Fuentes; numerous cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father William Leo Wilkerson Sr.; mother Evelyn Sutton Kalka; and brother Terry Noal Wilkerson.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m., at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera with Deacon Robert Stein officiating. Interment will follow at the New Catholic Cemetery in Bandera with full Naval Honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Disabled Veterans of America. You are invited to send your condolences to the family by selecting the “Send Condolences” link at

Arrangements are entrusted to GRIMES FUNERAL CHAPELS of Bandera.