Steven Wilkening

May 03, 2023

Steven Richard Wilkening, 79, of Truman, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2023, at his residence just outside of Truman. Graveside service will be held at Ridge Lawn Memorial Park on a later date.

Steven was born Dec. 16, 1943, in Fairmont, to Richard and Vera (Albrect) Wilkening. He attended and graduated from Truman High School in 1961. After graduating, Steve pursued his love for flowers and decorating. He worked several jobs in the floral industry over the years, including Treehouse in Nisswa, Lundberg’s, Young’s and Soderburg’s Floral, all located in the Twin Cities area. In 2001, Steve returned to the Truman area, residing on his century family farm.

Steve was always very creative, and his floral arrangements were one of a kind. He loved to make things beautiful and this showed in his floral arrangements, as well as his décor and care around his home and his beautiful flower gardens. Steve had a huge heart, a kind soul and was accepting of everyone. He cared deeply for his cousins and his family, always sending cards for every occasion. Steve was a great uncle and friend. He was described by his cousin, Trent, as the “best cousin he ever had.”

Steve is survived by his sister, Myrna Burk of Burnsville; nephew, Steven (Tara) Burk of Maplewood; niece, Kate (Patrick) McMullen of Highland Park; great niece and nephew, Ann and Sean McMullen; and many more family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Wilkening; mother, Vera (Raymond) Worden; and brother-in-law, Charles Burk.