IRL: Bert Wilkerson, Scoring official died 10-24-01

Bert Wilkerson, our long-time friend and key Timing & Scoring official, died Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at St Francis Hospital in Beech Grove IN following surgery to remove a tumor from his colon. He had endured against this advancing illness ...

Bert Wilkerson, our long-time friend and key Timing & Scoring official, died Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at St Francis Hospital in Beech Grove IN following surgery to remove a tumor from his colon. He had endured against this advancing illness throughout most of this year, unbeknownst to most of us.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 27 at the Harry Moore Funeral Chapel, 2050 East Michigan Avenue, Indianapolis IN. Friends may call from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday as well as 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday evening.

I've arranged for a floral remembrance from "Bert's Timing & Scoring Friends". If you'd like to join in this tribute, you may send your contribution ($5 or $10?) to me at 21 Carnaby Drive, Brownsburg IN 46112. Any oversubscription will be donated to Bert's other passion, The Boy Scouts of America, in his name.

Bert's lifelong enthusiasm for racing began as a young man when he briefly campaigned a midget on Midwest bullrings. He was then called to join the Indy 500 Timing & Scoring team over 50 years ago to lend his skills at equipment service gained during a lifelong career at General Electric. Upon his GE retirement, he wholeheartedly expanded his support of racing and testing activities for USAC, IMS and the IRL. He had a special love for the Champ Car-->Silver Crown series, as well as the 500 Oldtimers Club, which never wavered.

Bert's passing leaves an irreplaceable emptiness in each of us. His methodical dedication and reliability was his signature...his word truly was his bond. The twinkle in his eye whenever the bench racing began betrayed his gruff, stoic exterior.

We've lost a stalwart friend, but the vivid image of his sly grin wrapped around that stump of an unlit cigar, under a USAC cap cocked rakishly to the right, will never fade.

-- Art Graham

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