Howard Elwood Wilkinson, a retired computer specialist for the Social Security Administration, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at his home in Antioch, Calif. He was 64.
A Baltimore native, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute.
He entered the Army in 1963, serving mostly in Germany, and received an honorable discharge in 1965.
He returned to Baltimore and worked for the Social Security Administration for 23 years, retiring in 1989. His work as a computer scheduler led him to take courses at Catonsville Community College.
He moved to California and worked as a satellite engineer for the Lockheed Martin Corp. in Sunnyvale for 10 years, retiring after working on the lunar prospector.
He married Cindy Treuner in 1979. The couple lived in Catonsville and later moved to Columbia.
He was a member of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Antioch, Calif.
His pastimes included camping with his family, playing computer games, reading science fiction and playing sports with his children.
A celebration of his life will take place at his home at 2 p.m. Saturday.
In addition to his wife of 26 years, survivors include a son, Kevin Wilkinson of Antioch; three daughters, Jennifer Wilkinson of Seattle, Leslie Wilkinson of Antioch, Calif., and Karen Wilkinson of Ellensburg, Wash.; two stepdaughters, Jamaie Whitney and Jennifer Bowers, both of Glen Burnie; a sister, Doris Christoph of Kerrville, Texas; and six step-grandchildren.