Mr. George M. Wilkins
  • Contributions in memory of George may be made to
  • George Wilkens Memorial Children's Education Fund
    Any Old National Bank Location

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“If I had to pick one word to describe George, it would be "strong" –strong in body, strong in friendship, and strong in spirit. I recall a time in...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Mike Schell - Silver Spring , MD

“Well my cousin your work is just beginning! Angels like you must be busy, busy, busy! ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: Michelle Mayo - Colorado Springs, CO

“It seems such a short time ago that I watched George excel in gymnastics or play in the marching band. While I didn’t stay in touch over the years...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: David Poindexter - Indianapolis, IN

“Any ways George drove for us a few times, and dad stayed in touch with him somewhat. He is one kind man. Sorry for your loss Crista and kids. Lord...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Jim, Greg,Jeff Sweat - Fowlerton, IN

“Moving equipment no matter how bad you felt each day; lights had to be set just so; always a professional. Your goal was to last until the kids were...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Charles Hodge - Indianapolis

“Thoughts and prayers to help comfort in this time of sadness. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Coach Miller - Brownsburg, IN

“George was the bravest person I have ever met. RIP, George. I miss you! ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Kristin Hinshaw - Indianapolis, IN

“George was a friend of mine and in the same class at Pike High School. He had tremendous energy and was always quick to smile and be friendly with...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Karen Kurzawa - Portland, OR

“George was a great man and always smiling no matter what! We will miss him! ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Dan & Dru Laycock - Speedway, IN

“It was an honor for us to care for George and his family. We were all in awe of his strength of body and spirit. Blessings to Crista, the kids, and...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Erin Butler - IN

“So glad that I got to reconnect with George thru Facebook over the past couple of years. You were one of my best friends growing up...from...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Mave (Robinson) Hiegel - TX

“My prayers go out to the Wilkins family! ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: Steve Wood - Indianapolis, IN

“So many good memories with you while racing around the country with AAMS, Ed & Jane Adair and your dad to remember all of them. Buddy your just way...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Billy Shipman - Terre Haute, IN

“George you will be missed! I have some special memories of some gymnastic events, westchester pool days, and lots of school memories! May GOD bless...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Ellen Hurd - Greenwood, IN

“I was so glad to be able to see George in Hospice a few weeks ago. It meant so much to me and I am so glad I did it. He immediately asked me why I...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Emily Hillis - Indiaapolis, IN

“I had the pleasure of being in several productions with George during high school with the PIke HIgh School Theatrical Company. I have to say, many...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Susan Razmic - Kennesaw, GA

“It is with regret that we didn't share in George's life. We will be praying for the family during this time. The family of Freda Wilkins Clearwater ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Dorothy Clearwater - Avon, IN

“George is present in so many happy memories of my youth. I'll always remember his infectious energy, enthusiasm and friendliness. My deepest...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Candice Smith Yeakle - IN

“I will always remember George as the racer that made my husband's Christmas 2 years ago very special. There was a photo of George in a midget sprint...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Merchant - Cape Vincent, NY

“You're smiling face and warm personality will be missed by all. You lived your life to the fullest with no regrets. Bless Crista Emma and Eddie. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Doug and Karen Schooler

“I went to school with George at Pike and we reconnected several years ago thanks to the Internet. A shining example of how to be a friend, a father,...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Linda (Ford) Street-Ely - Liberty, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Daniel especially is thinking of Eddie. ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Guernsey family - Brownsburg, IN

“From the moment I met George I was touched by his kindness and constant smile; his genuine spirit. He taught all of us a lesson in how to handle...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Karen Pittenger - Chicago, IL

“I only met or spoke with George a few times, but he was unfailingly polite and pleasant. My son Travis was interested in audio-visual work, and...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Ruth Yost - Winchester, IN


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George Merritt Wilkins, 51, a lifelong resident of the Traders Point area of Pike Township, passed away on December 3, 2012, following a long battle with cancer. George was born November 6, 1961 and graduated from Pike High School in 1980. He was a talented gymnast at Indiana State before graduating from Ball State University with a degree in telecommunications/video production.

George worked in video and film, most notably the film "Hoosiers" and won numerous Addy and Telly Awards. He served as Gaffer, Grip, Writer, Producer, and Director during his career in video. George came from an auto racing family, following in his father's footsteps, racing sprint cars and midgets. George won the 1986 "Rookie of the Year" in the World Wide Auto Racing Group and the 1995 sprint car track championship at Paragon Speedway. George leaves a legacy of friendship, a testament to courage, and a passion for fatherhood.

George is survived by his wife of 24 years, Crista Cockerill Wilkins, and his children Emma, age 14, and Eddie, age 10. He was preceded in death by his parents, George E. Wilkins, and his mother, Patricia Gault Wilkins.

Calling will be held Friday, December 7, 2012 from 4-8 pm, at Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville where a Celebration of Life Service will also be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11 am. A private burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pike Township.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the George Wilkins Memorial Children's Education Fund, at any branch of Old National Bank.

You are invited to offer you condolences, share a memory, or watch a video tribute to George's life at www.flannerbuchanan.com