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Larry Wilkens

d. April 5, 2022

Larry Wilkens, age 72, of Cantrall, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at his residence.

He was born on March 19, 1950 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Cornelius and Dena (Klooster) Wilkens.

Larry married Mary Bell on January 12, 1991 in Weldon, California.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Lisa (Dennis) Long; granddaughter, Dustana Long; siblings, Darlene Hill of California, Beverly (Paul) Cascio of Washington, and Roger (Carol) Wilkens of Illinois; brother-in-laws, Fred (Marilyn) Bell and Jerry (Cathy) Bell; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry is preceded in death by a grandson, Brendan Long; sister, Evelyn Whitwell; brother, Arnold Wilkens, and his parents.

He graduated from Erie High School in Illinois, and also attended Clinton Community College in Iowa.

Larry worked for the Quad Cities Nuclear Station in Cordova, Illinois for ten years, Southern California Edison in Kernville, CA for twelve years, and retired from the Athens School District after twelve years of service as the Transportation Director.

He rode in the RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) for several years.  Larry loved wood-working and was very mechanically inclined.  Larry loved to be outdoors, enjoyed yardwork, and had a strong passion for farming.  He camped all across the country from Illinois to California.

Larry is a member of the Cantrall United Methodist Church, and held the secretary/treasurer position for the United Methodist Men for several years.

Visitation for Larry will be held from 10:00 AM until time of funeral service at 12:00 Noon on Saturday April 9, 2022 at the Cantrall United Methodist Church; 9406 North State Route 29; Cantrall, Illinois.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cantrall United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  1. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  2. So very sorry. Larry was a great person and no longer suffers. prayers for your family

  3. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Many Prayers and Healing Thoughts for you and the family

  4. My deepest sympathy to you, Mary, and the family. Larry was such a trooper…going through so many battles with cancer. God bless you for being his rock. My love and prayers are with you.

  5. Mary,
    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I remember him as a kind cousin with a generous smile! You and your family are in our prayers.

  6. Mary, Lisa and Dustana,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and fought hard. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  7. As we mourn our loss, Larry walks the street of gold pain free. He will surely be missed. He was one of the best. Prayers for the whole family in this difficult time.

  8. So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and hugs to you.

  9. Mary,

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Larry was such a sweet, gentle man.

  10. I’m so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, Mary. He fought valiantly for so long! You’re in my thoughts & prayers.

  11. Rest In Peace uncle Larry. Go be with our Lord and celebrate grandpa Arnie’s birthday with him in Heaven.

  12. Rest in Pease uncle Larry.You and my father can Celebrate his heavenly birthday. You guys will have a lot talk about in heaven. You will be missed.

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