Blake Evan Wilkinson, 64, of Winona

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Blake Evan Wilkinson


March 21, 1955-May 25, 2019

Blake Evan Wilkinson, 64, of Winona, Minnesota died Saturday, May 25, 2019 in his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. To view his tribute video and sign his online guestbook, visit

He was born March 21, 1955 to John and Randine (Jacobson) Wilkinson in North Hollywood, California. He grew up with seven siblings, relocating across the United States frequently until attending High School in Sartell, before joining the Navy, where he was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia.

On July 11, 2015 he married the love of his life, Rita Elliott, on the farm in Houston, Minnesota. He was a skilled artist, talented welder, enjoyed woodworking and had made beautiful furniture for his and Rita’s home.

Survivors include the following: his loving wife, Rita; children: Ashley (Drew) Deitrick, John (Brittina Klick) Wilkinson; Grandson Bohdi Deitrick; siblings Collin (Jill), Drew, Eric, Forrest, Gavin (Karlyn) and Heidi Wilkinson; stepchildren Cindy (Cory Sweningson) Elliott, Brandi (Lance) Kreckow, Carrie (Dominic) Plank, Brodie (Roxanne) Elliott; stepgrandchildren Guyla, Kaydence, Rachel, Abbie, DJ, Zach, Aaden, Lilly, Sophia, Jayse, Gavin, Gadge, Margaret; and his beloved dog Zuzu.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Anthony, step- granddaughter Ashlynn and grandchild baby Wilkinson.

Author: Janelle Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.

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