Denny Wilkins

Denny Wilkins

December 21, 1946 - January 7, 2021
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Denny Wilkins, age 74, of Arlington, NE, passed away, January 7, 2021, at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha after a month battle of health complications as a result of COVID-19. He was surrounded by his four children that adored him.

Denny was born December 21, 1946, in Fremont, NE, to Bob and Marian (Menking) Wilkins and grew up on the family farm in the Kennard/Arlington area.

Denny was a 1965 graduate of Arlington High School and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in 1971.

He has been a farmer (soybeans, corn, alfalfa hay, cattle and hogs) in the Arlington area since he completed his education. He began farming with his father Bob Wilkins and has continued that legacy farming with his sons Ben and Brett. Denny married Charlene Ahlborg on March 24, 1973, in Millard, NE. After marriage, they farmed east of Arlington, on the original farm started in 1940 by Denny’s grandfather G.C. Wilkins.

Denny served on the Arlington Public School board from 1986-2001. During that time he was instrumental in establishing the Arlington Education Foundation. He also served on the Educational Service Unit #3 from 2002 up until his passing. In the Wilkins family he was a 3rd generation Superintendent for the Open Class Hog Show for the Washington County Fair for 25 years. He was a member of the Washington and Saunders County Cattlemen’s Association. Denny was a passionate John Deere antique tractor collector, having over 55 tractors (mostly antique). Denny was an avid NASCAR fan as well as a world traveler visiting 17 countries. He was a life-long blood donor, donating more than 12 gallons of blood.

He is survived by his sons, Brett (Michelle) Wilkins, Ben (Kiley) Wilkins both of Arlington; daughters, Brittany Wilkins of Tokyo, Japan, and Brianne (Matt) MacDonald of Millard; mother of his children, Char Wilkins Conway; dear friend and companion, Tara Wernke; sister, Bev (Norb) Cent and brother, Tom (Mardell) Wilkins both of Arlington; 11 grandchildren: Riley, Kobe, Brodie, Gradi, Nathan, Blake, Addison, Shawn, Jayson, Dallan and Marren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Marian Wilkins and his grandson Alex Wilkins.

The visitation will be Wednesday, January 13, 2021, from 2:00-3:00 PM for family, 3:00-8:00 PM at Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home.

The funeral with live streaming at will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont with a graveside service following at the Arlington Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Arlington Education Foundation and the Arlington FFA chapter.

Online condolences may be left at

Reckmeyer – Moser Funeral Home, 232 W Eagle St, Arlington, NE 68002 402-478-4151
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday January 13, 2021 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday January 13, 2021 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home
    232 W Eagle Street
    Arlington, Nebraska 68002
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  • Service

    Thursday January 14, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday January 14, 2021 11:00am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    1500 North Luther Rd
    Fremont, Nebraska 68025
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    Scott Jensen, Chaplain
  • Interment

    Arlington Cemetery


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Kara Gall, Srini and Lydia

Posted at 11:34am
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and love through this time of sorrow. Our prayer lamps are lit for you all. I have so many memories from my childhood of meeting Denny, Char, Brett, Ben, Brittany, and Brianne at the annual college friends reunion as well as memories of the family stopping by our farmyard with their camper in the summers. We are happy to make a donation to Arlington Education foundation in Denny's name.

Love Sarah, Brian, Grady & Eleanor Hanson

Posted at 11:19pm
Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace & comfort . We celebrate the life of a great man and mourn his passing with you.
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Naomi, Yoshi, Solana and Amana Fujikawa

Posted at 03:25pm
Dear Brittany, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Bill Ahlborg

Posted at 11:54am
My sincere condolences for the loss of a good man in Denny. My prayers have gone out to all his family and loved ones. With love Bill Ahlborg

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