Leo William Tilkes
September 27, 1931 ~ November 24, 2013
Leo William Tilkes was born on September 27, 1931 to Fred and Susan (Rohe) Tilkes on a farm near North Washington. He attended St. Mary’s School in North Washington. Upon completing his education he farmed with his father before taking over the family farm. Leo was united in marriage to Mary Ann Dietrich on September 20, 1955 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista. After their marriage, Leo continued to farm the family farm until his retirement in 1996. The couple then moved to their present home in Ionia. Leo enjoyed talking about farming, and loved his animals. He especially enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews and teaching them about farming. Leo was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Leo is survived by his wife, Mary of Ionia; his sisters, Monica Geerts and Lucille Zeien, both of New Hampton; his sister-in-law, Carmen Tilkes of North Washington and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Henry and Ed.