Karl Wilker

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Karl Wilker, 86, of Clermont, IA died Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Maple Crest Manor, Fayette, IA. Karl Henry was born on October 15, 1929, to Arthur and Hertha (Funk) Wilker in Clayton County, Iowa. He was baptized on November 3, 1929, in Read Township and confirmed on June 27, 1943, in Farmersburg, Iowa. Karl attended country school. He also helped on the farm with his father. 

Karl was united in marriage with Jeanette Sass on June 5, 1951. To this union six children were born. He and his wife moved near St. Olaf and farmed from 1952 until 1969. They then moved from St. Olaf to a farm near Clermont. He continued farming near Clermont until 1972. After leaving the farm and moving into town, Karl went to work for Bob Falb Implement in Elgin, IAuntil 1998. He also mowed lawns for Steve Baker.

Karl was head usher at West Clermont Lutheran Church for many years. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Karl is survived by his wife, Jeanette; three children, Ronna Wilker of Clermont; Renee (Brent) Ungerer of Hawkeye; and Roger (Lisa) Wilker of Boyd; 13grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Burnell (Iva Dean) Wilker of Elkader; and a sister, Annabelle Peterson of St. Cloud, MN.

Karl was preceded in death by two sons, Randy and Ricky; one daughter in infancy, Robyn; his parents, Arthur and Hertha; and two brothers, Eldon and Clifford Wilker. 

Visitation was Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 9 to11 a.m. at West Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont, Iowa. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at West Clermont Lutheran Church. Rev. David Schafer was the officiant. Inurnment followed at Gods Acres, Clermont.

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Clermont, assisted the family with the arrangements.

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