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Loran W. Wilken

April 7, 1941 October 5, 2019
Loran W. Wilken
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Loran W. Wilken, 78, of Leaf River died Saturday, October 5, 2019. He was born April 7, 1941
to Walter and Letha (Garman) Wilken. On February 20, 1982, he married Kathy Akins in
Forreston, IL. Loran was a graduate of Forreston High School and later served in the United States Navy as a catapult captain. After completing his service, he worked construction and started farming. For several years he worked as a mechanic in different shops. Loran also worked as a claims adjuster for Forreston Mutual and Town and Country Mutual in Pecatonica. He also owned his own construction business, gas station, and car dealership. Most recently he was co owner of Fibbers Bar and Grill in Leaf River, IL with his wife. Known by his nickname Doolittle he enjoyed karaoke, tractor pulls and playing jokes on those he knew and didn't know. Throughout his life he served on the Leaf River School Board, was a church deacon, a Forreston FFA Alumni, a State FFA Alumni Board member, and Maryland Township.

Loran is survived by his beloved wife Kathy (Akins) of Adeline; his loving children Terry (Vicky)
of Oregon, Troy (Molly) of Leaf River, Amy of Freeport, and Andrew (Janet) of Anacortes, WA;
loving grandchildren Stacy of Texas, Danielle of Pecatonica, Brandon (Melissa Bokker) of
Rockton, Randi (Garrett) Kohlbauer of Freeport, Jordan of Oregon, Sienna and Zander of
Anacortes, WA; loving great grandchildren Isabelle, Lexi, and Levi; dear sister Lorene (Gary)
Stamm of Freeport, brother Leland of Freeport; caring mother-in-law Alice Akins of Forreston.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Laverne, and two infant brothers.

A visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Burke-Tubbs
Funeral Home in Forreston. An additional visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Forreston with funeral services to
begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow services at White Oak Cemetery in Forreston. Please sign Mr. Wilken's guestbook and share a memory at

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3:00 PM 10/8/2019 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/8/2019 8:00:00 PM
Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home - Forreston Location

203 South 3rd Street
Forreston, IL 61030

Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home - Forreston Location
203 South 3rd Street Forreston 61030 IL
United States





11:00 AM 10/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
Faith Lutheran Church

402 South 2nd Avenue
Forreston , IL 61030

Faith Lutheran Church
402 South 2nd Avenue Forreston 61030 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


White Oak Cemetery Final Resting Place

West White Oak Road
Forreston, IL 61030

West White Oak Road Forreston 61030 IL
United States

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