Frederick ‘Buddy’ Lee Wilkerson Sr. of Lyndonville passed away peacefully Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Hanover Terrace Healthcare in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he resided since January 2011. He was a beloved father, husband, brother, and friend.
Born in Washington, DC on March 6, 1922, Buddy was the eldest son of Frederick Marshall (1970) and Margaret Teresa (Johnson) (1986) Wilkerson. He was educated at Saint Martin’s Catholic School of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Buddy was a proud veteran of World War II, participated in the United States Army as part of Company "A" 106th Infantry Tangible Battalion, and between December 24, 1944 and April 2, 1945 he was a prisoner of war primarily at Stalag IX in Bad Orb, Germany. He was proud of the metals and honors received, including a Purple Heart. Upon return to civilian life, he continued a family tradition of employment with A. Gude Sons and Co. of Rockville, Maryland. He was general manager of the large nursery business when he retired. Buddy and Katherine (Kitty) Sparling Jenne were married November 6, 1946 in Washington Grove, Maryland. There they raised six children. In 1988 Buddy and Kitty retired to Lyndonville, Vermont. Buddy was a talented woodworker, gifted gardener, sports car enthusiast as well as a good practical joker. He will also be remembered for his love of good food and to ‘throw a party’.
Buddy is survived by: children: Frederick L. Wilkerson, Jr. and wife Peggy of New York; Phillip E. Wilkerson and companion Mary Oldenburg of Vermont; James R. Wilkerson and wife Ho Ts’ui-p’ing of Taiwan; Colleen Wilkerson of Maryland, widow of Walter S. Wilkerson; Priscilla S. Czapko of Maryland; and Victor A. Wilkerson and wife Kristi of Oregon; grandchildren: Leeann and husband Craig Wiess, Derick and wife Sara, and Troy; Christie and companion Tom Garofano; Russell; Zachary and Mary; Jesse and Bailey; great-grandson Spencer; siblings: Margaret ‘Tessie’ Frederick of Maryland, Herbert Wilkerson of Maryland, John ‘Johnny’ Nathaniel Wilkerson of Maryland, Mary Lou ‘Sissy’ Moore of Maryland, Barbara Call of West Virginia, and Milton ‘Nicky’ Wilkerson of Maryland.
He is preceded in death by wife Katherine in 2008, son Walter S. Wilkerson in 2005, and grandson Casey R. Wilkerson in 1993, siblings: Rose ‘Rosie’ Marie Glover of Maryland (2004), Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Cecelia Williams of Maryland (2013), Harry Walter Wilkerson of Maryland (1998), Violet ‘Dolly’ Burdette of Maryland (2011), and Richard Scott Wilkerson of Maryland (1947).
A graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery, Derby, Vermont October 26, at 1:00 PM.
Memorial contributions could be directed to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049 Syracuse, New York 13220-3049 or Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Memories and condolences may be shared privately @ www.guibordfh.com.