BROOKINGS — Brian Duane “Stump” Wilkins, 50, Brookings and formerly of Bancroft, died peacefully at Sanford Medical Center of Sioux Falls, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, surrounded by his family.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 9, at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet with Reverend Gary Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at the American Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Brian Wilkins was born August 5, 1968, at Huron to Don and Ila (Wiseman) Wilkins. He grew up the youngest of four siblings on the family farm near Bancroft.
After graduating from De Smet High School in 1986, Brian held jobs at Wallum’s Corner in Manchester, and Wilbrecht’s in Huron. His limitations did not slow him down even after major back surgery in 2001, because he loved life!
Brian was an avid outdoorsman. A neighbor, Kenny (Tuffy) Currier, took him fishing at the age of eight and he was “hooked”! He especially enjoyed showing others the tricks of the trade. He spent a number of years acting as a fishing guide for local guide services around the area. Another favorite pasttime was hunting … deer, pheasant, geese, ducks, and coyotes, just to name a few.
Brian loved the Dallas Cowboys and SDSU basketball. He enjoyed going to Frost Arena to watch the Jackrabbits, and that experience became even more memorable when he met two of his favorites, Telly and Daum!
Most importantly, Brian was a friend. He was kind, caring, generous, witty, hilarious, and around his friends, he was known as STUMP the LEGEND! When a spinal condition paralyzed him in December 2016, he became confined to a wheelchair with a cupholder for his Mountain Dew. He became a resident of United Living Community, Brookings where he brought life and humor to everyone he met.
Survivors include his sisters, Jennifer (Lyle Bowes) Satter of Brookings, Melanie (Earl) Hinricher of Forestburg; brother, Murray Wilkins of Bancroft; nieces, Ellie (Mike) Livingston of Brookings, Abby (Bryant) Ortega of St. Paul, Minn.,Katie (Brandon) Wienk of Sioux Falls, Greta Hinricher (fiancé, Jake Krohmer) of Forestburg; and nephew, Elliot (Lara) Hinricher of Huron; great-nieces, Cora Jane Livingston, Penelope Livingston, Quinn Wienk, and Ignatius Ortega; aunt, Delda Gilbertson of De Smet; many cousins; and a special friend, Lauren Himley of Brookings.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and one brother-in-law, Gary Satter.