The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum
“Preserving the History of Law Enforcement in the Greater Cincinnati Area”
Mr. Paul M. Wilke (1939-2018)
Paul was born October 31, 1939 in Cincinnati to Melvin Paul and Kathryn P. (Penrod) Wilke of 4000 W. Liberty Street in Price Hill. He was known as “Hernando” at Roger Bacon High School where he was a member of the Glee Club and C.S.M.C. and graduated during 1957.
Paul joined the United States Army an served during the Vietnam War.
When he returned home, he went to work with his father at his grandfather’s business, Paul Wilke and Son, by then located at 1995 Grand Avenue. His grandfather, Paul S. Wilke retired in 1968 and when his father unexpectedly died in 1970, the business went to Paul and his four brothers. During 1980, one brother, Robert, died in an industrial accident at Hill and Griffith Company on Summer Street. Paul retired in 2002. There has never been a better friend of the police than the Wilke brothers.
Paul was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and served as President of the Cincinnati Chapter, President of the Ohio Society, and Vice President General of the National Society. He also commanded the Cincinnati Chapter Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard. In 2009 he earned the State Medal of Distinguished Service and Hub Scout Laureate Award. Finally, in 2017, he earned the National Color Guardsman of the Year award.
He was also a member of the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum, American Legion Post No. 199, Purcell Council Knights of Columbus, and St. Joseph Church and TRAM Ministries.
Paul died on September 9, 2018 at the age 78.
He is preceded in death by a daughter, Tracy A. Insprucker (2006) and a brother, Robert Wilke (1980). Paul is survived by his wife of 34 years, Valerie L (Perry) Wilke; children, Paul A. Wilke, David C. Wilke, Pam M. Peavey, Marcia A. Wilke; grandchildren, Anna Wilke, Elizabeth, CJ, Chris, Jessica, and Nicole; and brothers, Edwin Wilke, Charles Wilke, and John Wilke.
Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Dennis George Funeral Home at 44 S. Miami Avenue in Cleves. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at St. Joseph Church at 25 E. Harrison Avenue in North Bend.
Memorials may be directed to TRAM Ministries or Hospice of Cincinnati.
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