Varl Ormand Wilkinson, born June 16, 1915 in Baldwin, MI to Glenn S. and Flossie M. (Updegraff) Wilkinson, passed away peacefully April 4, 2012 at the age of 96. Varl was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nancy (Buben) Wilkinson, with whom he shared 68 blessed years of marriage.
Varl was valedictorian of the Baldwin High School class of 1933. He earned a teaching certificate from Ferris Institute Normal School in 1934 and went on to attend Western State Teachers College where he also played baseball. Following one year at Western, Varl took a job teaching in a one-room rural school in Peacock, MI where he was employed for two years while also putting in time at his parents’ store, Wilkinson Grocery in Baldwin, MI to help his older sister Ruth earn her teaching degree.