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Howard F. Wilkins

Howard F. Wilkins, 48, of Cable, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, as a result of a snowmobile accident.

He was born in Urbana on Nov. 21, 1964, a son of Shirley Jean Smith Thurman, who survives in Urbana, and the late Frederick Howard Wilkins.

On Dec. 21, 1996, he married the former Liesl Kauffman in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and she survives, along with sons, Zane and Samuel Wilkins, both at home; sister, Melissa (Anthony) Reed of Urbana; brothers, Kelvin (Pam) Wilkins and Darrel (Deb Farmer) Wilkins, both of Cable; nephews, Bryant and Braden Wilkins, and Cody and Dylan Reed; half-sister, Tasha (Dalton) Black of Mechanicsburg; half-brother, Travis Wilkins of Springfield; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A 1983 graduate of West Liberty High School, he was a farmer and hoof trimmer.

He attended Mt. Carmel Friends Church and was a member of Mechanicsburg Lodge 113 F&AM.

A Salem Township Trustee, he was involved in 4-H with his boys and loved to be outside, hunting and fishing, and loved to talk and tell stories.

Pastor Michael Will officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, West Liberty, where visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial is in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Champaign County.

Memorial contributions may be made to a fund set up for the Wilkins boys’ college funds at Peoples Savings & Loan, 110 N. Detroit St., West Liberty 43357.

Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz, Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, West Liberty, where condolences may be expressed at

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