Leon Franklin Wilkens
Leon Franklin Wilkens, age 85, passed away at his home in Grayslake on Sunday, February 26, 2017. He was born March 5, 1931 in Chicago to Leon F. and Ida Marie (Harvey) Wilkens Sr. He was a veteran of the US Army and was a member of St. Mary of the Annunciation in Mundelein. He was a member of SAR, Mayflower Society, VFW and the American Legion. Leon was a Centel supervisor of warehouse, buildings and vehicles. He is survived by his wife Virginia Concetta Viscuso-Wilkens, whom he married on July 4, 1953, his children, Kevin Carl Wilkens, Eric John Wilkens and Teresa Rose Wilkens; his grandchildren, Ryan Matthew (Kelli) Wilkens, Rachel Marie (Ryan) Seymour, Nicholas Frank Griesbaum, Mitchell Frank Griesbaum, Brittani Barbara Griesbaum, Danielle Virginia Griesbaum, Christopher Lee, Collette, Virginia Rose (Chris) Blaisdell, Brandon Cordes, and Hillary (Ron) Smith; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Leon F. Wilkens III. Friends of the family may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Funeral mass will be Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 22333 West Erhart Road in Mundelein followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery. For information please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.