Jackson Ernest WilkinsonMenardJackson Ernest Wilkinson, 93, of Menard, passed away June 21, 2017.Jack was born on Sept. 14, 1923, in Menard, Texas, to parents Ernest Grover and Mabel Oliver Wilkinson. He attended school at the Waddell school house, Clear Creek school and Menard public schools. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute June 3, 1941.In February of 1945 , he was drafted by the United States Army where he served in the Second Infantry Division. During
World War II
he fought in Northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded the
, the Combat Infantryman Badge, a
and several shooting medals. He ended his service in October of 1945. After the service, Jack was a member of the Rodeo Cowboy Association for six years while he participated in bull riding and saddle bronc riding. He married Sue Beth Murchison on Dec. 23, 1951 in Menard. They made their home on the family ranch where they raised their two sons. Jack was actively involved in the ranching business in Menard Country for more than 60 years. He is survived by his two sons, Bob Wilkinson and wife Melanye, of Menard and Bart Wilkinson of Menard; and four granddaughters, Amanda Wilkinson Richardson and husband Cody of Aledo, Texas, Jarrott Wilkinson Crews and husband Travis of San Antonio, Texas, Kassidy Beth and Kendall Jordan Wilkinson of Menard. He also leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Hayes Barrett and Maren Ellis Richardson and Creed Montgomery Crews.He is preceded in death by his parents and wife Sue. Graveside service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Rest Haven Cemetery.Pallbearers for the service are Ed Vickers, Wade Love, Tuff Hedeman, Cody Richardson, Travis Crews, Boyd Murchison, Lee Murchison and Javier Rodriguez. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center 3001 S. Jackson St. San Angelo, Texas 76904 or Menard Volunteer Fire Department.