Our good friend George Wilkins has ended his heroic journey with cancer. George was one of the youngest people I met with vivid memories of growing up near Traders Point. His father had operated a garage and Gulf gas station in the village until it was forced closed in the 1960s by the construction of Interstate 65 and the Eagle Creek Reservoir. George’s father (also George) modified and raced stock cars at IRP. This started young George’s lifelong interest in racing and model cars. George was a professional videographer and was a stringer for national media covering stories in Indiana. He was instrumental in leading Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery to a firmer foundation and helping to arrange the Asher land gift for the cemetery’s expansion. George and I became acquainted when I learned of his wonderful video interviews with folks who had grown up in and around Traders Point. First published as a VHS, George had recently converted the interviews to DVD. Although copies may no longer be available from his website, the Pike Township Historical Society, located within Pike High School, owns a copy. I believe the Pike Township Library also owns a copy.
He leaves behind a young wife with two children. Arrangements are being handled by Flanner & Buchanan’s Zionsville Mortuary with burial in Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Flanner and Buchanan’s Zionsville Mortuary will host visitation this Friday December 7 from 4- 8 p.m. Services are Saturday December 8, 11 a.m. also at Flanner & Buchanan, Zionsville.