Official Obituary of

Dr. Clyde H. Wilkes

March 15, 2024

Dr. Clyde H. Wilkes Obituary

 Clyde Hawthorne Wilkes, died peacefully on March 15, 2024 surrounded by family. He was born on 4/1/1934, in Columbia, South Carolina to Clyde H. Wilkes, Sr. and Bertha (Hewlett) Wilkes. Clyde served as an Army Captain following graduation from Emory University in 1958 and earned his Ph.D. and M.D. from the University of Minnesota. He was married to Elizabeth (Geiger) Wilkes in 1957. They were married for 66 years and raised their family in Wayzata, Minnesota. Clyde had an independent surgery practice, was a founding member of the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons (ASTMJS), and was an innovator in his field. Clyde loved to learn. He was a sailor, pilot, photographer, videographer, website developer, entrepreneur, and small business owner. He and Libby were proprietors of Northwind Sailing in Grand Marias, Minnesota, and Key West Florida. In Amelia Island, Florida, they operated Wilkes Helicopter and Elizabeth Wilkes Photography. Clyde is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Geiger) Wilkes, his four children and their spouses; George and Barb LaVigne, Katherine and Craig Kvale, Margaret (Wilkes) and Brad Kieley, and Marianne (Wilkes) and Jay Marshall, his nephew's family Rob, Meghan, and Gavin Galloway, and 9 grandchildren Marybeth and Martha, Madeline, Peter, and Sarah, Katherine and Will, and Elizabeth and Evelyn. The family recognizes with gratitude the care that Clyde received during his time at Haven Homes in Maple Plain, Minnesota. Thank you to the Haven Homes and Park Nicollet Hospice staff for their loving care of our husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Clyde H. Wilkes Library Endowment, with the Methodist Hospital medical library. You may make a donation online,… , or by check, mailed to 6500 Excelsior Blvd St. Louis Park, MN 55426. Please include in the comment or memo, "Dr. Clyde H. Wilkes Library Endowment." The family will gather for a private service of remembrance at a later date.

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