Harry Willow Jr.
642. Harry Wilklow Jr. was born on 2 March 1924 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR.28 He graduated in 1941 at Battle Creek Central High School in Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI. In 1964 Harry was a Commissioner of Battle Creek, Mich. In 1966 he was the Mayor of Battle Creek. He did nor stand for re-election in 1967. He died on 10 June 1993 in Otsego, Allegan Co., MI.28 Harry was buried on 15 June 1993 at Fort Custer National Cem. in Augusta, Kalamazoo Co., MI.
Services set for ex-mayor H. Wilklow
Harry Wilklow Jr., 69, a former Battle Creek mayor, died Thursday, June 10, 1993, after being stricken at home, 434 Main St.
He was born March 2, 1924, in Little Rock, Ark., and came to Battle Creek from there in 1928.
Mr. Wilklow earned a bachelor's and master's degree at Western Michigan University.
He taught 24 years at W.K. Kellogg Junior High School and Battle Creek Central High School, retiring in 1981. He also taught from 1949 - 57 in the Kalamazoo Public Schools, returning to Battle Creek.
He served four terms, 1960 - 67, as a Battle Creek city commissioner and two terms as mayor, 1965 - 67, under both the commission and commission-manager forms of government.
Mr. Wilklow was part of a delegation that went to Washington in 1961 to welcome the Defense Supply Agency to Battle Creek. In 1965, he attended a conference hosted by then-Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey on urban problems.
In 1966, he was chairman when the Battle Creek Chapter of People-to-People was formed to promote international understanding. He was elected to the local Urban League board in 1967.
Mr. Wilklow was a sports announcer for WBCK in the 1950s, a member of Gen. George A. Custer American Leagion Post 54 and a charter member of the Battle Creek Optimist Club, where he was a board member and program chairman.
He was a former member of Civil War Round Table and enjoyed local and national politics.
Mr. Wilklow was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as an aviation radioman.
Burial: Fort Custer National Cemetery.
Harry was married to Maxcene Louise Chalmers who was born on 30 December 1929 in Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI. She died on 1 November 2005 in Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA.
Battle Creek Enquirer - 11/3/05
Maxcene Louise Pennock, 75, of Battle Creek, died November 1, 2005, at the home of her daughter in Atlanta, Georgia. She was born December 30, 1929, in Battle Creek, the daughter of Robert and Alice (Horseford) Chalmers.
She was a lifelong Battle Creek resident.
Maxcene obtained a Masters in Education from MSU and had worked on receiving her Ph.D.
She was an elementary teacher in the Hastings Public School System for over 20 years.
She married Robert R. Pennock August 19, 1969.
She was preceded her in death by her husband February 20, 2002, and by her stepson, Michael Pennock in 2002.
Surviving are two daughters, Kim Pennock of Atlanta Georgia; Roxie (Robert) Kuluk of Hollister, California; a son, Harry Wilklow III of Atlanta, Georgia; two stepdaughters, Linda Bain and Sherry (Jack) Henning, all of Battle Creek, her brother, James (Margaret) Chalmers of Grand Rapids, ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
At the request of the family, friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2005.
Memorial donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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