Larry L. Wilkerson, 69, of Olney, formerly of Effingham


Published on December 19 2012 8:49 am

Larry L. Wilkerson, 69, of Olney, Illinois and formerly of Effingham, passed away at 12:07 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton with Pastor Paul Goss officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Newton with full military rites by the Jasper Post #20 American Legion. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 21 at the funeral home. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

Larry was born December 15, 1943 in Grand Junction, Colo., the son of John M. and Elsie V. (Frye) Wilkerson. He grew up in Grand Junction, Colo. After graduating high school, Larry enlisted in the Army. During his eight years of service to his country, he acquired many medals of honor and was a P.O.W. during Vietnam for approximately a month until the men of his own company rescued him. He married Davey Lynn Bensken May 12, 1990. He was employed by World Color Press of Effingham as a supervisor for over 25 years until his retirement in 1995. Larry attended the First Assembly of God Church in Olney and was a past member of the American Legion. He enjoyed playing golf and gardening. He enjoyed going to Cardinals' games and watching Notre Dame football on TV. But most of all, Larry enjoyed spending time with his family.

Larry is survived by his wife of 22 years, Davey Wilkerson of Olney; sisters, Lynda (husband Glen) Richardson of Aztec, Colo, Wilma (husband Jim) Gravestock of Farmington, New Mexico, Vivian (husband Mike) Powers of Rifle, Colo.; Cathy Richardson of Grand Junction, Colo. and Vicki (husband Tom) Farmer of Grand Junction, Colo; brothers, Steven (wife Donna) Wilkerson and Pat Wilkerson, both of Grand Junction, Colo; daughter, Macheal Miller of Shelbyville; step-children, Diana (husband  Ray) Messerly of Olney, Jerry (wife  Mary) Snoops Jr. of Edgewood and Teresa (husband Mike) Beehn of Olney; grandchildren, Kelcie Miller, Jeremy Givens, Jason Givens, Cody Beehn, Shiana Messerly, Raymond Messerly, Jr., Kyle Boewe, Bryce Beehn and Shayli Beehn and great-great-grandson, Jokobi Beehn.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; infant brother; brothers, Robert and James; sister, Helen and grandson, Bradley Cobb.