Fred R. Wilkin, age 82, of Ft. Myers, Fla.,
and formerly of Columbus, Ohio and Erie, Pa., passed away on April 12, 2020. Fred was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife Charon, daughters, Stephanie and husband, Daniel Armbruster, of Dublin, Ohio; Debi and fiancé, Jody Bateman of East Springfield, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Erin (Seth) Barritt, Tyler Armbruster and John Bartosek. His parents, brother, Jack and sister, Marian, as well as his grandson, Matthew Bartosek, preceded him in death. Fred was born on March 11, 1928 in Westerville, Ohio and attended Butler University. He joined his father and brother in their John Deere dealership prior to his employment at American Electric Works. He later worked for the National Electric Contractors Assoc., first as an assistant manager in the Columbus chapter, and later as a manager of the Erie, Pa. chapter. Upon his retirement to Ft. Myers, he stayed busy with many volunteer endeavors including Wake Up America that provides food for the needy. He made use of his many talents in his retirement community by providing maintenance services to residents there. Fred had a great passion for music, and always participated in his church choir, as well as the Lake Fairways chorale. He was a man with a big heart to help anyone who needed help, whether it was for his children, family, friends, or even a stranger. A celebration of Fred's life will take place on April 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, 19251 North Tamiami Trail. Memorial contributions may be made in Fred's memory to the Holy Trinity Church, Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, or to his grandson Matthew's memorial fund at The Erie Community Foundation, 459 W. 6th Street, Erie, PA 16507.
Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church,