On June 24, 2005, HOWARD ELWOOD WILINSON peacefully passed over in his beloved wife's and children's arms at home. Howard, 64, suffered a brief, but courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Howard was born in Baltimore, MD, where he met his wife of 26 years, Cindy Wilkinson, now a resident of Antioch, Calif. He is also survived by his son, Kevin Wilkinson of Antioch, daughters; Jennifer Wilkinson of Seattle, Wash., Leslie Wilkinson of Antioch, Calif., and Karen Wilkinson of Ellensburg, Wash., step-daughters; Jamaie Whitney and Jennifer Bowers, both of Glen Burnie, Maryland; 6 step-grandchildren, all of Glen Burnie; and his sister, Doris Christoph, of Kerrville, Texas. Howard spent two years in the Army - October 1963 through September 1965. He retired from Social Security Administration in Baltimore in 1989 after working for 23 years as a Computer Scheduler and moved to California. Howard then worked as a Satellite Engineer for Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, Calif., and after completing work on the Lunar Prospector. Howard continued working for Black Tie Transportation in Pleasanton, Calif. Howard was a loving family man whose interests included his family, home, domestic travel, camping, computer games, sci-fi reading, and sports with his children. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. A celebration of Howard's life will be held at his home Saturday, July 2, at 2 P.M. For further information, please contact his wife at (925) 642-4164. His family wishes to express their gratitude to the fine staff of the Oncology unit at John Muir Medical Center and the Hospice of Contra Costa for their caring for Howard during his illness and his final days. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at (877) 272-6226.

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