Leo J. Wilkins

Jul 18, 2020
Wilkins, Leo obit web


Memorial services at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church in Waterloo; masks are required

If you plan on attending, please make a reservation with the church by calling (319) 232-4103


One hour prior to services at the church


Newburg Cemetery in Carpenter, Iowa at a later date


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church or to Cedar Valley Hospice


Leo J. Wilkins, 83, of Waterloo, died Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home. 

He was born July 15, 1937, the son of Ira and Gladys (Roberts) Wilkins. 

He graduated from Plymouth Consolidated Schools in Plymouth with the class of 1954.

Leo served in the United States Air Force from March 25, 1957 until his honorable discharge on March 24, 1961

Leo married Virginia Rose Ball on July 2, 1963 at Hilltop Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, SD; she preceded him in death on April 24, 2017.  

He had worked as shop manager at Donovan International in Waterloo. He also worked at Lehigh Cement for several years and various other concrete companies. Leo was a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service when he retired in 2003.

He was a member of Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church. 

Survived by his daughter, Teresa “Terri” (Brian) Gerst of Waterloo; two grandsons, Matt Gerst of Des Moines and Andrew Gerst of Waterloo; and a special niece, Carolyn (Tom) Peterson of Cedar Falls.

Preceded by his parents; wife; three sisters, Margaret Cochran, Marva Pringnitz, and Lorraine Lester; and a brother, Leon Wilkins. 

Leo enjoyed fishing, tinkering in his garage, feeding and watching the birds, and tending to his flowers. He frequently went out to breakfast in the morning. He loved his family and treasured the time he spent with them. 

Leo donated his body to the deeded body program at the University of Iowa

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  1. Carmen | Jul 22, 2020

    Dear Terri and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father.

    when I think of my dear Uncle Leo and aunt Virginia,  I am filled with such warmth and gratitude for the love and kindness they had for my parents.

    Leo visited and took my father out for lunch every month after my mom died and dad moved to The Good Samaritan home. I am eternally grateful for that. Leo was such a great friend to him.

    I send all my love and sympathy to Terri and her family. 


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