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ROSCOE WILKES

ROSCOE WILKES Roscoe Harold Wilkes, age 95, passed away peacefully Feb. 2, 2013. He was born Jan. 25, 1918, in Bolivar, Mo., to Roscoe Hamilton Wilkes and Maud Neil Wilkes. The family moved to Pioche in 1928. Roscoe was a graduate of Lincoln County High School, Spearfish Teachers College of South Dakota, and USC Law School. After passing the Nevada bar in 1949, he set up a law practice in his home town of Pioche. He served three terms as the district attorney of Lincoln County, and was then appointed by Governor Grant Sawyer in 1965 as district judge of Lincoln and White Pine counties, where he served two terms. Roscoe ran as a Democrat in 1958 for attorney general for the State of Nevada, but was defeated by the Honorable Roger Foley. In 1974, he was appointed by the Federal government as an administrative law judge for the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in San Francisco and Seattle, until his retirement in 1990. As a navigator for the Army Air Corps, Roscoe flew 27 successful missions, but was shot down on the 28th over the Ploesti oil fields of Romania, where he was imprisoned until the end of World War II. Known for his colorful storytelling, he began writing after age 90, and is the author of "High Desert Tales." He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alberta Viney Wilkes; his second wife, Lois Wilkes; and sister, Kathryn Duffin. He is survived by his daughters, Karen (Darryl Martin) Wilkes and Stephanie Cumings; his granddaughter, Kayla Cumings; and his great-grandson, Dysen Fass. There will be a celebration of life at noon Saturday, March 2, at the historic Thompson's Opera House, in Pioche. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Lincoln County High School Music Department, Panaca, NV 89042.


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