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Jason Wilkes, 39, of Two Harbors, died Friday, December 22, 2017 in a car accident on the North Shore.
Jason was born March 24, 1978 in Lakewood, Colorado to Arlee (Croft) and Paul Wilkes, and was a life-long resident of Two Harbors. After graduating from Two Harbors high school in 1997, he served in the U. S. Army Reserves from 1999 until 2003 as a squad leader. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Mendota Heights as a baking and pastry chef in 2007. Jason was employed at various restaurants in the area and for the past ten years he was employed as a morning chef and baker, but willing to help in any department, at Grand Superior Lodge. He was dedicated to his work and would walk or hitchhike if necessary to get to work.
Jason was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and its Youth Group, where he served on several mission trips, and was equipment manager for “Spiritwind”. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America. When his mother needed a kidney transplant, he arranged and prepared a benefit meal.
He enjoyed music, fixing things, and collecting Coca Cola memorabilia.
Jason is survived by his mother Arlee Wilkes; his father, Paul (Deb) Wilkes; aunts and uncles, Louise (Gerald) Egger, George (Marlene Kaupenen) Croft, John (Michiko) Croft, Ben (Deb) Croft; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family; and his cat Rusty.
Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday December 27, 2017 at Cavallin Funeral Home in Two Harbors and again from 1 PM until the 2 PM service on Thursday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Two Harbors.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Lake County Foodshelf.
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