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A memorial service for David G. Wilkins, 84, formerly of Buffalo, was held Feb. 10 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, Munster, Ind. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

Wilkins, a recipient of the Purple Heart, died Feb. 5, 2001, at home in Munster after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Buffalo, where he graduated from Lafayette High School. He later attended Philips Exeter Academy. In 1939, he graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor of arts degree in history.

During World War II, he served in an anti-aircraft division of the Army in North Carolina and in France. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat.

He married Eleador Fisher of Clarence in 1951. Three years later, their jobs with a toy manufacturing company transferred them to Munster. He later held positions with the U.S. Labor Department and Lake County Tile and Mortgage Co. He retired in 1985.

He enjoyed sailing, swimming and politics.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Thorne of Corydon, Ind., and Wendy Phillips of Elizabethtown, Ind.; a son, Timothy of Sauk Village, Ill.; a sister, Mary Emily Wells of Buffalo; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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