Larry Clark WilkinsonNovember 20, 1940 ~ November 11, 2019 (age 78)
Larry Clark Wilkinson of Cascade, Co. died in his home November 11, 2019. Born November 20, 1940, in Leon, Iowa, he was 78 years old.
Larry, called ‘Pops’ by his immediate family, was a devoted husband, father, uncle, minister, painter and fly fisher. He married Dorcas Hentz of Hinsdale, Montana, December 30, 1967. They had a whirlwind romance that included 51 years of travel, ministry, parenting, bird watching, fox feeding, belly laughs and holding hands. Most of his adult life he worked as an appointed minister with the Community of Christ Church, headquartered in Independence, Missouri. From 1969 through 1976, he and Dorcas were medical missionaries providing medical care and ministry to the remote village of Maigok, South Korea. Upon their return to the Kansas City area, they co-authored a book, Gifts from Korea about their experiences over those seven years abroad. Larry and Dorcas left America for Korea with a 6-month-old son, Jeremy, and had another son, Peter, who was born in Maigok. The family spoke fluent Korean and Larry continued to practice his Korean language skills at Korean restaurants throughout Colorado.
Larry also worked for the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital Outreach Program and trained as one of the first chaplains for hospice, which he did for four years prior to appointment as a minister.
Larry had two master’s degrees, one from Park University in Religion, and one from University of Missouri Kansas City in Organizational Behavior. He was an avid reader of Robert Ludlum spy novels and loved espionage movies, foreign and domestic.
Larry served in the United States National Guard for 8 years.
He was an art student of John Thoman and Robert Tindall in Independence, Missouri, Ken Shanika in Woodland Park with the Pikes Peak Plein Air Painters. While in Korea he learned to use ink on rice paper in the Oriental style. He was an award-winning artist and painted throughout his entire life. His artwork is displayed in many homes in the form of ‘animal spirits’ borrowed from the Native Peoples understanding and beliefs. He found this helpful as a minister in recognizing the diversity of personalities and how the peaceable kingdom could be experienced in his beloved community. He also has paintings hanging at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, MO. Later in life after moving to Cascade, CO, he focused on painting fly fishing and mountain scenes.
In the early 1980s he visited the mountains of Montana and fell head over heels in love with fly fishing. He was an avid fly tier, painter of fishing scenes, teacher of fly tying, and of course catcher of cutthroat, browns, brookies and rainbows. As he grew older, he’d be seen around Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout wearing a bike helmet to protect him when he fell. Nothing would keep him from fishing, not even his risk of falling. Sharing this love with his sons and his grandsons was important, but his reach went beyond just his family. Larry expressed his passion for fly fishing in many ways. One of them was his dedication to Project Healing Waters. Larry was there from the beginning of the Colorado Springs program. He started mentoring wounded soldiers in their fly tying, on-base Ft. Carson in 2008. Larry was a member of Rainbow Falls Mountain Trout for more than a decade.
Larry also shared the passion of the “world’s game” with his sons and grandsons. He loved soccer and would spend most Saturday mornings and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons glued to the English Premier League and Champion’s League. Every call with his sons would begin with him asking about his grandsons, “Were there any games over the weekend?” Wanting to know an update on the wins, losses, goals, etc.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother Genevieve (Weddle) Yoos, stepfather, Peter Yoos, father, James Wilkinson, and stepmother, Mary Gunn and his brother James Michael Wilkinson. He is survived by Dorcas, his loving wife of 51 years, sons, daughters in law and grandsons, Jeremy, Tiffany (Houston), Cooper and Quincy Wilkinson, of Kansas City, Mo., and Peter, Rebecca (Sullivan), Patrick, Colin and Ian Wilkinson of Overland Park, KS. He is also survived by sister in law Georgia McCauley, half brothers and sisters Sylvia Switts, Sheila Neely, Stephen (Bill) Wilkinson, Margaret Fleming, James D. Wilkinson Jr. and Jacqui Hoffman and their families.
Larry was cremated Nov. 12, 2019.
There will be two services to celebrate Larry’s life.
CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Community of Christ Church
2502 Palmer Park Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80909
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Community of Christ Church
Walnut Gardens Congregation
19201 East R.D. Mize Rd.
Independence, MO 64057
In Lieu Of Flowers Memorial donations to the Charity of your choice
Please see below for Memorial Contribution Fund
112 W 18th St, Kansas City MO 64108