Joseph Michael Wilk
September 14, 1930 - May 21, 2020
A celebration of life will be held in the near future and will be announced as soon as available.
Joseph Michael Wilk, age 89, of Standish Michigan, formerly of Au Gres, Michigan, passed away peacefully while at home on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Joe was born on September 14, 1930 in Au Gres, Michigan to the late Michael J. and Mary (Janna Gaj) Wilk. He graduated from Au Gres High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served from January 1949 until his honorable discharge in 1950. He then took a job at Bopp-Busch Manufacturing Company Inc. where he was a valued employee for many years before moving on to Saginaw Steering Gear, Machine Repair Plant 4. While working there, he filed many suggestions which GM acted upon. He retired to a life of farming, fishing, and travel on October 1st, 1993
Joe loved visiting with his family and friends. Having one of his boys visit was a sure way to see a smile on his face. Stopping in and hearing Joe talk was a sure way to bring a smile to anyone's face.
Joseph married the former Pearl Bailiff on March 11th, 1949 and together they raised 7 sons, James (deceased), survived by wife Sherry Wilk of Florida, Joseph (Cathy) Wilk of Sterling, Anthony, (Barbara, deceased) Wilk of Linwood, Thomas (deceased) Wilk, Gary (Lisa) Wilk of Tawas, Michael (Tonya) Wilk of Omer, and Robert (deceased) Wilk. Joe is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Joe was preceeded in death by his wife, Pearl on July 17th, 1998; four sisters; two brothers; sons, James Wilk, Thomas Wilk, Robert Wilk; and grandson, Joey Wilk.
A celebration of life ceremony with military honors will be held at a later date at Buresh Funeral Home in Au Gres Michigan. Internment will be at the Linwood Cemetery in Au Gres, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Joe may be directed to Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association, www.MiK9Cop.com, 3381 Sterling Road, Omer, Michigan 48749 or Arenac County Human Society, www.arenaccountymi.gov/AnimalControl, 3750 Foco Road, P.O. Box 1131, Standish, Michigan 48658. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association
3381 Sterling Road, Omer, Michigan 48749
Arenac County Human Society
3750 Foco Road, P.O. Box 1131, Standish, Michigan 48658