Retired Colonel Ramon C. Wilkins passed away on 1 June, 2023. He was born on 1 July, 1930 in Hornersville, Missouri. His parents, Lester N. Wilkins and Geraldine Parks Wilkins, later moved the family to Senath, Missouri where he graduated Valedictorian from Senath High School in 1948. He attended Southeast Missouri State (SEMO) in Cape Girardeau where he met and married Lawana Bingenheimer on 23 December, 1950. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from SEMO in 1951. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952 and served as an officer in the Air Weather Service until he retired in 1981. He furthered his education while in the service at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
After retiring, he and his wife moved to Tucson, Arizona where he enjoyed playing golf, reading, listening to classical music, and volunteering at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as a Docent.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lawana, in August, 2014. He is survived by a sister, Sally Harris (Mike) of Platte City, Missouri, a son, David M. Wilkins of Burbank, California, and a daughter, Susan W. Reynolds (Barry) of Madison Heights, Virginia. He has 2 grandchildren, Meghan Chilton (Chris) of Henrico, Virginia and Rachael Reynolds.of Lynchburg, Virginia. He also has 3 great-grandchildren, CJ and Malachi Chilton and Alayna White.
His cremated remains rest at the VA National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona with his deceased wife.