Edward C. Wilkinson

Edward Carr Wilkinson, passed away on October 30th, 2006, surrounded by his family.

Edward was born August 29, 1929 in Milesville, SD. He lived a full life with his cherished family and friends.

Those family left to honor his memory are his wife, Sarah "Sally" J. Wilkinson, his children, Paula Wilkinson Smith and her husband, Steven, of Rapid City, Craig and his wife, Alix, of Boulder City, NV, Cathy Swaney of Rapid City, Laura Edwards and her husband, Derek, of Scotrun, PA, Shaun and his wife, Amy, of Seattle, WA. He was also blessed by 14 grandchildren, Michelle, Lee, Brooke, Andrew, April, Dustin, Kelly, Andy, Tony, Miranda, Mirissa, Kayla, Kyle, Kristina; and seven great grandchildren, Conner, Jacob, Aunica, Hailey, Annette, Joey, Shannon.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Edward G. and Audie M. Carr; a daughter, Barbara; and one brother, Robert.

Ed spent his childhood and youth on White Thunder Ranch outside of Milesville, SD. The White Thunder Ranch was homesteaded by his father, Edward G. Wilkinson and Robert Cheney, in 1901. Edward was known as "Ted" in his youth, was raised to work hard with determination and perseverance. His mother was one of the first nurses in the Red Cross to travel many miles around this area caring for ill patients. He left the ranch to attend college in Vermillion and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1952. His mother and father at that time than moved to Rapid City. Ed and Sally were married June 12, 1949 in Dallas, SD. They lived in Vermillion, Wasta and then Rapid City, raising two families beginning with their four children and growing into six children after the tragic loss of their oldest daughter, Barbara.

Ed continued the work ethic he learned as a child on the ranch and into his 50-year career as an architect in Rapid City. Ed was well known for his wealth of knowledge, and respected for his meticulous work. Later, Ed's life took on a renewed meaning after beginning his recovery with friends of Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

He took on many challenges in his life with his quiet strength, and his love for his family. Spending time with family and friends was something he looked forward to, and he was graced through his 77 years of life.

Visitation was November 1st at Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was November 2nd at Emmanual Episcopal Church with The Very Reverend Dr. Robert T. Wagner officiating. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to Outpatient Dialysis - 640 Florman St. Ste. 401 - Rapid City, SD 57701.