Memorial services for Otis A. Wilkerson of Cody will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody. Otis, 78, died Jan. 17 at his home in Cody. He was born Aug. 16, 1933, in Basin, the son of Otis C. and Bessie Taylor Wilkerson.
His mother’s family came from Nebraska by covered wagon and homesteaded in Basin. His grandfather from West Virginia came to Basin in 1897 and worked for Skovgard Cattle Company on the Greybull River.
Odie left home at an early age to go to work for the Padlock Ranch in Dayton. He later moved to Washington State to work for Swanburg Brothers Sawmill and later worked for various ranches in the Washington and Oregon areas, working strictly with horses. A true horseman, Odie never came across a horse that he didn’t see something good in; he always brought out the best in a horse. He enjoyed steer tripping and team roping with his son Wayne in his younger years. He enjoyed spending summers in the Big Horn Mountains, camping, riding and fishing.
His parents and four siblings preceded him in death.
He is survived by his son Wayne Wilkerson in Oregon; his siblings, Pete Wilkerson, Patsy Davenport and Muriel Glisson; brother-in-law Ted Morris of Cody; two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.