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Park Ridge Mourns the Loss of Robert Wilkening, Alderman of the Third Ward (updated)

The City is saddened to share the news that Alderman Robert Wilkening passed away on Tuesday, August 4. He served as Third Ward Alderman since May 2015. He has been a resident of Park Ridge for 39 years and is survived by his wife Gail and two grown children.  They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Ald. Wilkening previously served  two-terms (eight years) on the Board of Education for Elementary School District #64 (Park Ridge-Niles). While on the District #64 Board, he served as Chair of Finance and Personnel Committees and participated in three teacher-union contract negotiations with the teacher’s union.

He was the President of Wilkening & Company Management Consultants. Wilkening & Company was founded in 1989.


The City has been provided with the following funeral arrangements for Alderman Robert Wilkening:

Visitation: Sunday, August 9, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge.

Funeral: Monday, 9:30 a.m., Ryan – Parke Funeral Home proceeding to St. Paul of the Cross Church for mass at 10 a.m.

Interment: Maryhill Cemetery, Niles, Illinois

For more information, please visit   In lieu of flowers, masses are appreciated.


The City has cancelled its Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for August 10 in observance of the services for Alderman Wilkening.

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