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Raymond L. Wilkens, 68, of Plato

Raymond “Ray” L. Wilkens, 68, of Plato, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 23, at Friedens County Line Church in rural Norwood Young America (NYA) with the Rev. Joseph Clay officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Terry Schwirtz, Dean Schwirtz, Tony Scheele, David Franke, Nathan Wilkens and Robert Wilkens. Military honors were provided by Plato American Legion Post 641. Interment was in the Ferguson Cemetery in rural Norwood Young America.
Raymond “Ray” L. Wilkens was born Sept. 12, 1946, in Glencoe, the son of Henry and Lorna (Kruschke) Wilkens. He was baptized Sept. 22, 1946, and confirmed in his faith on April 10, 1961, at Friedens County Line Church. After graduating from Glencoe High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He had been an active member of Plato American Legion Post 641.
On April 24, 1971, he was united in marriage with Bonnie Schwirtz at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church of Hamburg. Their union was blessed with three children, Chad, Jennifer and Bryan. The couple made their home in rural Plato, where they were engaged in farming. Mr. Wilkens sold his dairy cattle in 1993 and began working for Ed Dammann Construction.
Mr. Wilkens had many talents and was able to fix anything. He never lost his love for the farm. He enjoyed bowling with this team at the King Pin in Plato and in recent years he took up the game of golf. He was a devoted member and volunteer at his church. He cherished the time spent with friends and family, especially his grandchildren. He loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports and activities; he was their biggest fan.
He is survived by his loving family: wife, Bonnie Wilkens of Plato; children, Chad (Natalie) Wilkens of Plato, Jennifer (Paul) Heuer of NYA and Bryan (Janelle) Wilkens of Cologne; grandchildren, Benjamin Heuer, Katelyn Heuer, RaeAnn Heuer, Johnathan Wilkens, James Wilkens and Willow Wilkens; mother, Lorna Wilkens of Waconia; sisters and brothers, Myra (Ken) Franke of Plato, Orville (Betty) Wilkens of Plato, Vernon (Colleen) Wilkens of Plato, Doris Schwirtz of Plato and Charlie (Peggy) Wilkens of Plato; mother-in-law, Lorna Schwirtz of NYA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bev and Ed Herbst of Hamburg, Cheryl and Scott Scheele of NYA and Pat and Terry Zellmann of NYA; his dog, Buzz; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Wilkens; father-in-law, William Schwirtz; sister and brothers-in-law, Lois and Chuck Pinske and Richard Schwirtz; and great-nephew, Will Schultz.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, www.johnsonfh.