In honor of Kevin - husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, friend and colleague
  • 59 years old
  • Born on August 20, 1957 in Hackensack, New Jersey, United States.
  • Passed away on November 25, 2016 in Cooper City, Florida, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of Kevin Wilke, who was born August 20, 1957 and passed away November 25, 2016 from glioblastoma brain cancer. Please leave a message and/or share your stories and memories so he may be always remembered.

Our longtime loyal dog from South Africa, Brakkie, passed away shortly after to be with Kevin so I have also included some photos of him.  He shall be missed forever as well.

Posted by Rita Barry on 25th November 2018
Always remember your dear sweet smile and your quirky jokes. Miss you in my life
Posted by John Veltri on 25th November 2018
Miss you Kevin but know some day I will see you again buddy
Posted by Carol Schulte on 21st August 2017
Dear Kevin, Wish you were here to celebrate your 60th. I miss you so much and think about you every day. I love you my very special nephew!
Posted by Donna Wilke on 20th August 2017
Today would have been you're 60th Birthday.... I am thinking about you today & wishing we could celebrate together. You are always in my heart and today I honor you!
Posted by Dennis Barry on 1st January 2017
Kevin - When I was a young kid visiting your family in AZ you and your family were always a gracious hosts. I remember some of your visits to my parents in CA, our chats about Unisys and how you kept in touch with my Mom. We need more like you - classy, compassionate and sincere. Rest In Peace and I pray for comfort for your families loss.
Posted by Valerie S. on 11th December 2016
From the Whitney Family Dear Kevin - It is now 2 weeks since you left to be an angel above and every day we think of you. All the trees in the world will always remind us of you and we thank you for helping us to better appreciate their natural beauty, uniqueness, and inspiring grace. We also thank you for always being so wonderful to our family in so many ways. You constantly blessed us with your genuine kindness and giving nature. And we will never forget how you shared so much of yourself with us... from helping us with our pool, teaching our kids about the various places you had been around the world, introducing our boys to Jeopardy, bringing us the fruits (actually, herbs and vegetables!) of your labor from your garden, and even giving me a crash course in gun safety. You have always been so generous with your time and knowledge, not only on a personal basis but also at the community level. We love and miss you and will think of you often. We smile just imagining you walking along the Avenue of the Baobabs or relaxing on a cloud with Brakkie by your side! You have been a wonderful and genuine friend to us and we are so thankful for the many ways you have touched our hearts. With much love and appreciation, The Whitneys
Posted by Donna Wilke on 5th December 2016
Dear Kev, I could not be more proud to have had you as my brother. I cannot express what you have meant to me and how you have impacted my life. We shared a lifetime of memories, ones that I will cherish and never forget, many that will make me laugh. You have shown me what the true definitions of strength and bravery really are, and I only hope that I can live up to those standards. Know that you and Val have raised Alexander to be curious about the world, strong in his convictions and morals. You are loved will be missed, but will always be in my heart. Heaven has a new angel to look after us.
Posted by Carol Schulte on 5th December 2016
Dear Kevin, When I think of you the word Proud comes to mind. I am so very proud of you. All of your accomplishments, you and Val did a wonderful job raising Alex, you traveled the world. You are a very special nephew. You always stayed in touch where ever you were. I am so proud of your courage and bravery these last years. I know you sit beside Grandma now and she will take care of you. I will love you forever and keep you in my thoughts. Rest in peace! Love Aunt Carol
Posted by Ruth Shaw on 3rd December 2016
Kevin, when Valerie married you, we said that you must be "Mr. Perfect," otherwise Val would've sent you back to be remade! You exhibited such great patience and we enjoyed your special sense of humor during the times we had together. I treasure those times: Mexico City, Gettysburg, Florida Keys, Christmas cruise to Cozumel, Bolivia, South Africa, and of course in your Stateside homes where you were an accomplished chef and a most gracious host. Yes, Sharon has been waiting for you to join him with a scotch. Rest in Peace.
Posted by Gerry Russo on 3rd December 2016
My heartfelt condolences to you, Valerie and Alexander, and to Kevin's Mom, Pat and Donna and Laurie. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. To know Kevin was to love him. Kevin and I became friends in middle school as Jeff's little brother, but in time developed a friendship of our own. He had a great sense of humor as a kid though sometimes very methodical, and after years of not seeing him and then reconnecting a few years back, I was able to see his very dry wit had only increased over the years. He was a very funny guy.and I'm grateful for the laughs we were able to share in spite of his illness. it was very obvious you and Alexander were his whole world. Family was everything to him, yet how fortunate the rest of us were that he opened himself up and allowed us to share in his short but extremely well-lived life. He was one of the kindest and most interesting people I've ever met and I will miss his friendship so very much. --Kevin, twas Heaven while you were here.
Posted by Betty Cullinane on 2nd December 2016
I met Kevin at Long Key and was immediately inspired by his grace, peaceful spirit and enthusiasm. He was the driving force behind the friends group and activities. He left this earth much better for his efforts. God is embracing Kevin and Brakkie. My prayers are with your family. Until we meet again Kevin.
Posted by Mike Dennis on 2nd December 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Kevin was a friend and a truly good man. The amount of time and energy he placed into taking care of the neighborhood and the community was phenomenal. Because of his humble nature most of his work went unnoticed. Not by me Kevin. You were an excellent human being. You will be missed. God is lucky to have you!! Rest in Peace.
Posted by Bob Bratt on 30th November 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with Kevin and his family. Kevin was a wonderful, smart and kind man and it was my pleasure to work with him over the years. A friend.
Posted by Rita Barry on 30th November 2016
Yes, he will be forever missed. A good man, gone after a brave struggle with his illness. Kevin, a great father, husband, son, brother and "nephew" ; so many wonderful memories of him with us in Laguna Beach. May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Posted by Howard Ullman on 30th November 2016
My condolences to Valerie and the Wilke family. Even when Kevin was sick he had the desire to consult and show interest in helping to build my company in any way he could. He was a positive force who will not be forgotten.
Posted by Aimee Beatty on 30th November 2016
It was a pleasure to work with Kevin on many capture opportunities at Unisys. I learned a lot from him, especially on our many NASA bids. Kevin was always professional, dedicated, hard working, loyal and took everyone at their word. During our time in the proposal bunker, he spoke often, with great affection and pride of his family, sometimes separated by distance. We kept in touch sporadically over the years, but I am happy to have a nice memory of our last meeting, a lunch in 2015, at the Sea Watch in Fort Lauderdale, where we spoke of condo reno projects, college kids, park conservations, turning air into water, his many interests, etc. Although he was sick, he was still fully engaged in the world, still Kevin.
Posted by Jan Lowenthal on 30th November 2016
Kevin, your positive enthusiasm and energy provided leadership in the establishment of the Friends of Long Key. You remained always interested in establishing connections with organizations and had great ideas to promote the historical side of Long Key. Thank you. Rest in peace.
Posted by Karen Mathews Radau on 29th November 2016
Kevin, you were such an honorable man. You taught me so much about business development and did your best to help me with my business. I will always be grateful for our friendship and your help. I am deeply saddened by your departure from this life. I know you go on. Rest in peace my friend.
Posted by Laurie Grimsley on 29th November 2016
My Dear Brother I will miss you more than you will know. I have alot of memories of us during our child hood but one I will alway remember and laugh at is the safe you kept under your bed with your money in it. And the halloween candy you took (all the good candy) and when Jeff, Donna and I ran out you sold us the candy back. The lava monster we played in the basement. I can go on and on...We knew that long ago that you would be good business man. Give my brother Jeff, Grandma, and our Father a big hug and kiss from me and my family. We miss you all so very much, our lives will never be the same. One day we will all be together again. I love you very much your sister Laurie, Allen, Sherese and Little Allen.
Posted by Larry Lowenthal on 29th November 2016
Kevin was a gentleman and a friend. I was looking forward to enjoying another breakfast meeting with him, but the clock was ticking too fast.
Posted by Chris Bertolami on 28th November 2016
Valerie, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and Alexander. Kevin will always be alive in our hearts. He was blessed to have you both as a wife and son.
Posted by Sharon Dawson on 28th November 2016
I was so saddened to return from Thanksgiving to receive this news. Val, you and Alexander are in my thoughts and prayers, it has been a long and challenging journey for all of you and one that Kevin fought with such determination and bravery. May he rest in peace and may the good lord watch over the two of you and the rest of his family.
Posted by Kimberly Shaw on 27th November 2016
Our lives would have been vastly different if our paths hadn't crossed. You were instrumental in giving us the opportunity to move to Texas to to improve our lifestyle while still having family nearby. I know you are standing up there with Sharon, enjoying a scotch, while looking out for the rest of us down here. Peace be with you until we meet again...
Posted by Janice Malkoff on 26th November 2016
Kevin's dedication to Long Key Nature Center was so apparent when he took on the responsibility to lead the other interested community members in forming a 501c 3 non-profit corporation: Friends of Long Key. As FOLK's chairperson, the Board accomplished so much in a very short time under his leadership, amazing Broward County's park department personnel, County Commissioners, and other Friends groups. Kevin's legacy will be carried on in the years to come. "To remain alive in the hearts of loved ones is to never die." Kevin will be sorely missed by the FOLK Board members.
Posted by Darryl Smith on 26th November 2016
I offer my condolences and deepest sympathies to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
Posted by Debra Mastaler on 26th November 2016
We are so sorry to hear about Kevin. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort, our thoughts are with you and Alexander during this difficult time. Joe, Debra, Trey and Mary Katherine Mastaler
Posted by Kelly Tlachac on 26th November 2016
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God give you comfort and peace during this time. The Tlachac Family - Dan, Kelly and Sean
Posted by Alison Read on 26th November 2016
Condolences from the Read family, Clare, Elwood, Alison and Angelica.
Posted by Jim Keys on 26th November 2016
Rest in peace my friend. One of the nicest people I ever had the privilege of working with. Prayers for Kevin and his family.
Posted by Ken&Mary Taylor on 26th November 2016
Dear Valerie..We met your beautiful Kevin and Alex on the Band of Brothers Tour in July 2013. They sat across from us on the bus and we immediately connected. We exchanged a few emails and often thought how lucky to have met such caring people. Ken & I will treasure those memories always. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers. Alex, your Dad was so proud of you. If you're up for it,sometime, drop us an email. Sincerely, Ken & Mary XO
Posted by Barbara Pond on 26th November 2016
Rest in peace.
Posted by John Veltri on 25th November 2016
Rest in peace my dear friend you will be missed. Please tell your brother I think of him too often. Kevin you where a SHINING example of a human! Love you man!
Posted by Ann Haeflinger on 25th November 2016
Thank you Kevin for your amazing leadership of our FOLK group over the past three years...So glad we had an opportunity to stay in touch over the past year! As I told you Tuesday, we will continue to support Long Key and increase awareness of this local treasure of ours! My friend, rest in peace among the beauty of paradise! Until we meet again!
Posted by Joni Esser-Stuart on 25th November 2016
My thoughts and prayers all with all of you. I only spoke to Kevin once on the telephone but I know Valerie and I am confident that Kevin was a very special guy. Valerie has impeccable taste in everything and I am sure that Kevin was just as special to Valerie and all of their family and friends! Rest In Peace!
Posted by Ruby Jones on 25th November 2016
Rest in peace dear friend.
Posted by Valerie S. on 25th November 2016
Tell my father I miss him and look out for our son - you are his guardian angel now...

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