Dean John Wilken, age 80, of Black River Falls, WI passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, WI. He was born on September 14, 1941 in Champaign, IL to John and Anna Peters.
Dean enlisted in the United States Navy on March 2, 1960 and honorably served until his discharge in 1964. Dean married Sherry Bell on November 11, 1972 in Carson City, NV and together they raised two children. Following his discharge, Dean worked as a Sheriff Deputy, Contractor and Boiler Operator until his retirement.
In his later years, Dean enjoyed spending his time at the cabin in Hatfield where he would fish, hunt and go 4-wheeling. Dean also spent much time rough housing with is grandchildren.
Dean is survived by his wife, Sherry; his children Mark (Kristina) Wilken and Deanne (Donnie) Winter; his siblings Donald (Shirley) Wilken, Dennis Wilken, Bernice Kirsch, and Betty Judd.
He is preceded in death by his parents John and Anna Wilken; his granddaughter Kaylinn; and his brother’s-in-law Dick Kirsch and Cliff Judd.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Gunder Gilbertson, Ruth and Dr. Howie Spegman, Jean Anderson, and friends and family.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Parkview Church, 115 N 14th St, Black River Falls, with Pastor Brule Buselmeier officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at

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