Darrel Howard Gilkes
Darrel Howard Gilkes, 69, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on
Sunday November 11, 2018 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in
LaCrosse, WI after a brief illness.
Darrel was born to parents George and Viola (Yost) Gilkes on
August 6, 1949. He spent his elementary years in Brodtville, WI.
Darrel was a graduate of West Grant High School in 1968.
Darrel met his best friend Karen Beinborn in 1987. They
eventually married on October 14, 2005. The two spent many
years fishing, canoeing and camping. The couple had a blended
family of four children. After many years of being and OTR truck
driver, Darrel retired in 2014 due to health reasons. He then
purchased Mr. Mouse Cheese, a local cheese curd distributing
Darrel is survived by his wife, Karen; son Brian (Christina) Gilkes
of Oshkosh; daughter Lynn Gilkes of Fennimore; step-son Jim
(Jenny Murphy) Beinborn of McFarland; step-daughter Paula
(John) Quackenbush of Prairie du Chien and brother Franklin
Gilkes. As well as ten grandchildren, several brother and sister-in-
laws and nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Life will be held 11-4 December 8, 2018 at the
Town of Prairie du Chien Fire Hall, with a burial at the later date.