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Walter "Wedge" Wilks

Walter "Wedge" Wilks, 91, of East Springfield passed away Dec. 3, 2009, following a brief illness.

Born July 28, 1918, in Amsterdam he was the son of the late Joseph and Lottie Wilks.

He served three years in the US Army during World War II in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns with the 610th Ordinance Battalion reaching the level of staff sergeant.  He owned and operated Wilks Chevrolet Company in Amsterdam for more than 65 years.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Banking Company in Salineville for several years and was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amsterdam.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Zak, whom he married July 7, 1951; three sons, Dan (Jenny) of Hudson, Greg (Patty) of Landenberg, PA, and Gary (Teri) of Naperville, IL; four grandchildren, Christina, Ryan, Ted and Sarah; one brother, Edward Wilks of East Springfield and one sister, Josephine Seleski of Cadiz.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Kish and Clara Prisbylla.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amsterdam with Fr. John McCoy officiating.  Entombment followed at Ft. Steuben Burial Estates in Wintersville.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in the name of Walter Wilks to the "V Foundation for Cancer Research."  Donations can be made by calling 1-800-454-6698 or online at www.jimmyv.org.

Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home of Amsterdam was in charge of arrangements.

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