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Edward F. Gilkes

June 15, 1936 ~ July 25, 2020 (age 84)


Edward F. Gilkes of Prairie du Chien passed away on Saturday July 25, 2020 at the age of 84. 

Ed was born in Bagley, Wisconsin on June 15, 1936, the son of Charles and Lula (Yost) Gilkes.
He graduated from Bagley High School in 1955. He proudly served in the United States High Army. After serving he worked at the GMC plant in Janesville.

Ed met Dorothy Dagnon at the Checkerboard and they were married on January 7th, 1961. Ed
then farmed until 1967 and later worked for Design Homes, Jack Steiner Construction, Martin
Luther Prep School and retired from Prairie du Chien Correctional.

In retirement Ed enjoyed gardening, tinkering and playing Solitaire. Edward is survived by his
wife Dorothy. His children Kevin (Gail), their child Jennifer (Todd) Vasconcellos, Karen (Gerry) Thuli, their children Brian (Tami) and Eric (Danielle)Morris), Kurt (Julie), their children Craig (Alicia), Brock and Allison, Ed (Roberta), their children Samantha and Derek, Kent (Carole), WI, their children
Claire and Carter, Kari (Rick Buening) their children Tyler, Caleb and Cortney, Keith (Kristin), their children Viola and Lucille.

Great grandchildren Maizah and Koah Thuli, Riley and Callum Gilkes and Victoria Vasconcellos.
Sisters Glennis Whitish, Phyllis Slaght and brother Terry Gilkes. Sister-in-law Mary Kitzman.
Brother-in-Iaws Bill (Nan) Dagnon and Paul (Barb) Dagnon. Many nieces, nephews and


Ed was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Kraig , brother Kenneth (Marilyn) Gilkes.

His in-laws William (Lucille) Dagnon, brother-in-Iaws Ed Whitish and Gerald Kitzman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prairie Catholic School.

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July 31, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Gabriel's Church of the Holy Family Parish
506 N. Beaumont Rd.
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821

Mass of Christian Burial
July 31, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Gabriel's Church of the Holy Family Parish
506 N. Beaumont Rd.
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 53821

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