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James Donald Wilkins passed away Saturday June 30th in Fort Wayne, IN at the age of 90. James was born in 1927 in Markle Indiana to the late John George Washington Wilkins and Avis Lenor (Householder) Wilkins. He married Marilyn Louise (Baker) Wilkins in Fort Wayne on June 10, 1950. James graduated from Fort Wayne North Side High School in 1945. He joined the U.S Navy later that year as WWII ended. He served 4 years from 1945-1949 as an Aircraft Mechanic on the carrier USS Roosevelt. Early in his career he was a salesman for Motts Inc. traveling throughout Indiana and Ohio. Later he and Marilyn acquired Country House Draperies on US 27 South. They provided window treatments and draperies in the Fort Wayne area for many years. James was an artist working primarily in acrylics, an archer, scuba diver and bow hunter and studied Native American crafts, making authentic stone arrowheads as a hobby. He is survived by Marilyn his wife of 68 years who resides at Lutheran Life Village, his son Don (Linda) Wilkins of Westerville Ohio, daughter Jo Ellen (Craig) Campbell of Indianapolis and son John (Kristie) Wilkins of Fort Wayne. He has eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. His sister, Jean (Bauer) Wilkins preceded him in death. Visitation will be Thursday July 5, 2018 from 2-4 pm at D. O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home 6301 South Fairfield Ave Fort Wayne, IN. Private burial at Lindenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the American Cancer Society.