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James "Jim" Henry Wilkey

November 6, 1942 ~ October 19, 2018 (age 75)

James H. Wilkey left us on October 9, 2018 after a battle with leukemia.

Jim was born on November 6, 1942 in Maywood California to Henry and Francis Wilkey.

Jim was a true patriot. He entered the USAF on October 3, 1960 where he proudly served his country and continued to do so throughout his life.

While in the service Jim wrote letters to his sister’s friend, Ines. They met when Jim was 15. He had proclaimed that he was going to marry her someday. Jim and Ines married in 1966. They shared 52 years together while raising two rambunctious sons, Jimmy and Jason.

Jim spent his days on the open road behind the wheel of his perfectly polished big rig. Jim never left for work (or anywhere) without his custom made CB box, polished boots, gold chain, and plenty of Brute cologne splashed on. Jim eventually parked his big rig and began work in the heavy equipment industry as a crane operator. And though he worked out in the elements, the boots were still polished.

In 2001 Jim retired and set in motion his next chapter.

Jim enjoyed “going for a putt” on his Harley, golfing, fishing, tinkering around the house, and bragging about his sons and grandchildren. Bragging so much that people felt they knew them before ever meeting them. He also loved his RV. There have been countless beautiful memories made behind the wheel of his “coach.”

Jim is survived by his wife Ines, sons Jimmy and Jason, grandchildren Kayla, Jimmy and Troy, and his beloved cat Demo.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Jim's honor to the cancer society.

A committal service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday November 2, 2018 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery located at 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise.

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