Obituary of Mike Donald Gilkerson
Mike Donald Gilkerson, age 86 passed away August 7, 2022 at UH TriPoint Medical Center. He was born September 3, 1935 in Prichard, West Virginia to the late Henry and Grace (Robinette) Gilkerson. He had resided in West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania prior to moving to the Painesville area.
Mr. Gilkerson retired in 1994 from the City of Painesville Electrical Distribution Plant. Prior to moving to Painesville he was a bus driver with Trailways Bus Lines in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mike was a member of Community Christian Church and Painesville United Methodist Church. He enjoyed woodworking and made various templates for Unique Like Me, a storefront vocational skills training site for students with disabilities. He also made various items for family members, such as rocking horses, cabinets and furniture. One of his greatest joys was fishing with his grandson, Jayden.
Mr. Gilkerson is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen (Geiger) Gilkerson, his son, Ryan (Natalie Blake) Gilkerson, daughter Penny (Jeff) Bartlett, grandsons Jayden Gilkerson and Timmy Gilkerson, brothers Pat (Sandy) Gilkerson and Gene Stevens and sisters Mary June Shannon, Hazel (Kenneth) Meenach, Kay (Jimmy) Lemons and Flora Leigh Gilbert, and brother-in-law Joseph (Marsha) Geiger Sr. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved Aunt Olive Merideth, son Tim (Brenda) Gilkerson, brothers Morris and Virgil Gilkerson, Grandson Christopher Gilkerson, sisters-in-law Irene (Ed) Marks, Barb Johnson and brothers-in-law Jack and Roger Geiger, Buck Johnson, Dan Shannon and Clark Gilbert.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, August 13th from 12 - 2 p.m and 5 - 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Avenue, Painesville. Temple Lodge # 28 F&AM will conduct a Masonic Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m. A memorial service ending with Military Honors will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 14th at Painesville United Methodist Church, 71 N. Park Place, Painesville.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Western Reserve Masonic Community, 4931 Nettleton Rd., Medina, Ohio 44256 or to Community Christian Church, 370 Hale Rd., Painesville, Ohio 44077.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mike Gilkerson, please visit Tribute Store