It is with great regret and sorrow that we
must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Rusty Wilkerson, on March 30,
2017, in Kingsport, TN, after a valiant battle to defeat brain cancer.
Rusty is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Gini Wilkerson; his three
daughters, Cathy (Lance) Carpenter, Marci (Brad) Schneier, and Ginny (Eric)
Schneier; his five grandchildren, Payton E Carpenter, Benjamin A Schneier,
Joseph W Schneier, Ryan J Schneier, and V. Hope Schneier; and his sister Alexine
Funeral arrangements are with Hamlett Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport. At
Rustyís request, Celebration of Life events are scheduled for 5-6 May in
Kingsport to be followed by Internment at West Point at a future date. Details
There will be a
memorial service for LTC Benjamin Wilkerson í62 (He started with Class of 1961)
on Tuesday June 27th at 1330 hours at the West Point Cemetery.
Following the service the family is hosting a reception at the WPAOG Great Hall.
If you are able to
attend, please RSVP to Tom Middaugh at
For any classmates that do not have a DOD ID card or have
not received their Local Access Pass yet, the options are as follows:
Meet at Hoganís Funeral Home
between 1245 and 1300 - 135 Main Street Highland Falls, NY 10928 and process
with the family through security to the cemetery. Security vehicle
passes will be passed out at the funeral home
Go to the AOG webpage and
apply online for a Local Access Pass -
https://www.westpointaog.org/gradpass. Follow instructions on the webpage
for picking up your pass.
Go to the visitor center and
go to the Graduate Line to apply for your grad pass.
For any questions
please call Kristan Burpo at the WPAOG Memorial Support at 835-446-8298.
Condolences to family members may be addressed as follows: Gini Wilkerson at
1209 White Street, Kingsport, TN 37664.
In lieu of flowers,
the family asks that donations in Rusty's memory be sent to the Sarah Cannon
Cancer Research Institute
Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste 420 Rockville, MD
Well done, Rusty. Be thou at peace.
Class Memorial Pages\E-2 Ben Wilkerson - USMA62.pdf
Benjamin Russell (Rusty) Wilkerson, of Kingsport, Tennessee,
left this world to be with our Lord on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Rusty was a
native of Franklin, Tennessee. He attended Battle Ground Academy, Washington and
Lee University and Vanderbilt University. Rusty was appointed to West Point in
1957 and is a 1962 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He also holds
a Masters of Public Service in Public Administration from Western Kentucky
University. Rusty served two tours in Vietnam in addition to other numerous
assignments. During his years of service, Rusty earned the Combat Infantryman's
Badge, Airborne Wings, and the Ranger Tab. His Military Awards include three
Meritorious Service Medals, three Bronze Stars, and the Army Commendation Medal.
After retiring from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, he served as the Deputy
Director of Engineering and Housing at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and as the
Public Works Director for the City of Kingsport, Tennessee. Rusty was a regular
columnist for the Kingsport Times News, a member of Kiwanis, a driver for
Waverly Presbyterian Church and served on the boards of Goodwill and Girls
Incorporated. He was an admissions Field Representative for 1st District, West
Point, and was a member of Mayfair United Methodist Church.
Rusty lived in Kingsport with his wife of 51 years, Gini.
They have three daughters, Cathy (Lance) Carpenter from Clarksville, Tennessee,
Marci (Brad) Schneier from Bradenton, Florida, and Ginny (Eric) Schneier from
Richmond, Kentucky; five grandchildren; and sister, Alexine Wilkerson of
Franklin, Tennessee. A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on May 6th at Mayfair United Methodist Prospect Center.