Ruby O. (Milner) Wilkens, 95, Vincennes

Ruby O. (Milner) Wilkens, 95, of Vincennes, passed away at 3:08 a.m. Sunday, March 29, 2020 at BridgePointe Health Campus.

She was born January 14, 1925, in Fairfield, Illinois, to Joseph L. and Lula M. (Young) Milner. She married Walter Lowell Wilkens on November 27, 1945.

Ruby graduated from Newton High School in Newton, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois. She left college to make parts for airplane wings for planes needed in World War II. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Olney, Illinois and owned Ruby Wilkens Trucking until 2011.

Surviving are her children Wayne Wilkens and his wife Cindy of Vincennes, Wanda Shultz of  Jasper, Winona Drewes of Springfield, Illinois, and Wanita Pagel and her husband Charles of Springville, Indiana; her grandchildren, Greg Shultz and his wife Melanie of Jasper, Stephanie Doherty and her husband Kelly of Germantown, Tennessee, Brian Drewes and his wife Kim of Springfield, Illinois, Philip Drewes and his wife Mallory of Springfield, Illinois, Christopher Pagel of Bloomington, Dennis Pagel of Springville, Indiana,  Nicholas Pagel of Springville, Indiana, Kymberleigh Pagel of Baltimore, Maryland, David Wilkens of Vincennes, and Jason Epley and his wife Amy of Evansville; along with 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Ruby in death were her parents Joseph and Lula Milner; her husband, Lowell Wilkens; a son, Walter (Harley Bud) Wilkens Jr.; her sons-in-law Stephen Shultz and David Drewes; and a sister Hilma Tonn.

Private graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at White Church Cemetery in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis  at or Shriners Hospital in St. Louis at

Anyone interested will be able to watch the service live on Goodwin Funeral Home’s Facebook page and you will be notified when it goes live.

Online memories  may be sent at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, Vincennes is honored to assist the Wilkens family with arrangements.

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