Roger Duane Wilkinson was born to Virgil Milton Wilkinson, and Edythe Wiske Wilkinson, November 18th, 1931 at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He passed peacefully from this earth on August 22, 2016.He graduated from North High School in 1949, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1949. He then graduated from Wichita State University in May of 1953, with a B.A. – geology. While in college, he was a member of the ROTC. He went into active service in May of 1953. He trained to become a fighter pilot in Moultrie, Georgia, and then transferred to the Strategic Air Command. He received an honorable discharge July 23, 1962.
In May of 1955, Roger went to work for Northern Natural Gas as an exploration geologist. He worked there until 1962, at which time the exploration arm of Northern Natural Gas was sold to Mobil Oil Corporation. He continued to work for Mobil until July of 1977, when he became a consulting geologist for GADSCO. His name appears on over 350 electric logs from Texas to Wyoming. As a development and wellsite geologist, his exploration activities were centered mostly on deeper drilling in existing fields, and he was responsible for the discovery of Lansing, Kansas City, and Marmaton oil production in the Hugoton Field. He is best known for the discovery of deep gas in the Viola, Simpson, and Arbuckle formations in the North Custer City Field. He was a member of the committee that formulated the field rules and allowables for the one thousand square mile Panama Gas Field of southwest Kansas, as well as assisted in the formation of the 18-mile long Putnam Oswego oil unit in Oklahoma. He is a long-time member of A.A.P.G., O.C.G.S. , and SIPES. He is a past-president of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts.
He has lived in Oklahoma since 1962, and also maintained a residence in Gunnison, CO since 1982. He owned a ranch in Woodward County, OK, which was fondly referred to as “Awesomeville.” His hobbies included hunting quail, turkey, deer, as well as bass and fly fishing. He also played competitive tennis and enjoyed snow skiing.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene Wilkinson, and his four children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His children are Jennifer (Dr. William Scimeca), Linda (Mike Rengel), Curt (Deanna Shoemaker), Brenda (Jonny Jones). His grandchildren are Stephanie (Shane Doughty), Aime Rengel Bielak (John Bielak), William Rengel (Chelsea), Madeline Jones, Jon (Trey) Rex Jones III, Jack Jones, Johnathon Wyatt Wilkinson, Braxton Roger Wilkinson, and by his two brothers, Milton Eugene Wilkinson, and Ronald Joe Wilkinson.
The memorial service will be held at Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd, at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 26, 2016. The committal service will be held at Resurrection Cemetery, 7500 W. Britton Road, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.