Craig A. Wilkins, 70, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He was born on April 9, 1946 in Fort Madison, IA to Don & Dorothy Slee Wilkins. He married Patricia R. Bell on August 20, 1967 at the Sharon Church in rural Farmington, IA. He was the band director at Aquinas High School from 1968 to 1976 and band director at Iowa Falls High School from 1977 to 1978. He then worked at Fort Madison Bank & Trust as a loan originator. He was the band and choir director at Central Lee High School from 1989 to 1995 and lastly band director at Fort Madison High School from 1996 to 2007.
He was a member of the Iowa Band Masters Association, Iowa Choral Directors Association & Southeast Iowa Band Masters Association. He was a founding member of Phi Mu Alpha collegiate music fraternity at Truman State University. He enjoyed traveling and adored his grandchildren, family and friends. He was an amazing teacher, mentor and loved touching the lives of his students through countless hours of jazz, pep, marching band and choir practices. He was an incredible music teacher who was a major influence on generations of music students in Southeast Iowa.
Craig is survived by: his wife: Patty Wilkins of Fort Madison, IA; 1-daughter: Ann (Mike) Thomas of Donnellson, IA; 2-sons: Robb (Carrie Sunden) Wilkins of Fort Madison, IA & Scott (Tiffiny) Wilkins of Fort Madison, IA; 3-grandchildren: Ethan Wilkins, Leo Thomas, Lily Thomas and 1-brother: Dennis (Kathy) Wilkins of West Point, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1-infant brother: Gene.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Union Presbyterian Church in Fort Madison. The funeral service will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at Union Presbyterian Church. Following the funeral, a dinner will be held at the church and all are invited. A private family burial will be held at Sharon Cemetery in rural Farmington, IA. A memorial has been established in Craig’s memory, dedicated to music education. Online condolences to Craig’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.