Patrick David Wilkie, 26, Minot, formerly of Wahpeton, N.D., passed away on June 21, 2013, in an accident near Stanley. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, June 28, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, Wahpeton, with Father Dale Lagodinski as celebrant. Visitation will be Thursday, June 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the mass at the church on Friday. There will also be a Memorial Mass on Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in New Town. Interment will be at the New Town Cemetery. Local arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.
Patrick David Wilkie was born on March 22, 1987, in Breckenridge, Minn., to Shavonne (Sand) and David W. Wilkie. He was a member of the Mandan, Arikara, and Hidatsa Nation and also descended from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa (Bear Clan) and of Norwegian heritage. His Indian name is "White Horse," which was given to him by Gilson Mandan. He was a member of the Chicken Clan.
He grew up in Wahpeton and attended St. John's School and Wahpeton Public Schools; graduating from WHS in May 2005. He also attended Northland Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minn. Over the years, he was employed at Godfather's Pizza, Stern Sports Arena, Dean's Landscaping and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton; as well as Menard's at the Grand Forks and Minot locations. At the time of his death, he was employed at Triangle Electric in Minot as an Apprentice Electrician. He was a proud member of the Local 714 IBEW.
Patrick was baptized, received his First Holy Communion and was confirmed at St. John's Church, Wahpeton. Patrick also served as an altar boy during his St. John's school years.
Patrick had many interests including hockey, skateboarding, snowboarding, weightlifting, jamming with various band mates over the years, and just hanging out with his family and friends. He snowboarded in Montana and Colorado and recently traveled to Norway, land of his maternal great-grandparents, as well as France and the Czech Republic. He was beloved by all in his family but was especially adored by all of the children in his and everyone else's families!
Patrick will be missed by: his parents; sister, Chanda Rush, Wahpeton; brothers, Corey Wilkie and William F. (Vanessa) Wilkie, Sisseton, S.D.; Robert Rush, Wahpeton; Jared (Tracy) McBride, Sioux Falls, S.D.; grandparents, Delores Sand, New Town; Sheila and Dennis Specht, Center, N.D.; aunts and uncles, Patrick R. and Leann Wilkie, Minot; Georgianna and Ed Schonert, Buxton, N.D.; William J. Wilkie, Flandreau, S.D.; Troy Wilkie, Wahpeton; Suzanne Wilkie and Leora Wilkie, Bismarck; Todd Wilkie, Greeley, Colo.; Lionel Sand, Sina Sand, and Tanya and Delvin Driver, Jr., New Town; Karla Sand and Wade Uran, Casper, Wyo.; Nancy Geesey, Hankinson, N.D.; his girlfriend, Molly Jurenka, Minot, and a very special niece, Nina Wilkie; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends. And let's not forget his dog, Sid Vicious (who really isn't very vicious at all), Wahpeton.
Welcoming him into eternal life are his maternal grandfather, Melvin Sand; paternal grandfather, Patrick Wilkie; paternal grandmother, Stella Wilkie; uncle, Shawn Sand; nephew, Jaron McBride; maternal great-grandparents, Martha and Carl Sand; Ruby and George Parshall; paternal great-grandparents, Georgianna Wilkie and Joseph N. Wilkie; Jennie and Dutch Poitra and Francis LaForte; and many, many relatives and friends.
Senior pallbearer - Fred Baker
Honorary pallbearers - All who blessed Patrick with their love and friendship.