Bryan K. Wilkey


Bryan Keith Wilkey, Age 52 Sunrise August 26, 1962. Sunset March 10, 2015.

Bryan is survived by his parents Ronald and Theresa Wilkey Son Curtis (Takai) Duff

Daughter Bryandria Duff (Ramon Handy) Brothers Ronald Wilkey Jr. (Maura) Kevin Wilkey (Teresa) Sisters Treva Crawford and Ronnika Wilkey-Culbreath (Doug) 12 grand children and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends.

Special thanks to Wakiely, Frank, Terrance and Steve.


Bryan grew up in a neighborhood known as Gladstone and attended Northland High School. He was an STNA as well as a CPO. Bryan was a former employee of Value City and he was a member of Sharon Woods Baptist Church.

If you knew Bryan you will never forget his smile which could brighten even the darkest of days. You’ve also probably heard his catch phrase “from the heart” He always said this after he gave advice or expressed his affection. i.e I love you “that’s from the heart” If you need me I’m here “that’s from the heart”. It was important to Bryan that those he loved understood that when he expressed his feelings they were indeed “from the heart” Bryan was a standup guy and a role model to many young people in the Winding Hills/Walnut Creek area. Those Bryan came in contact with went from strangers to friends in an instant. Those who were closest saw firsthand the pain he dealt with on a daily basis, but this did not stop him from tending to the needs of others. He was in a word SELFLESS! The pain he endured was great and weakened his body but it NEVER affected his beautiful spirit.  In fact it almost seemed as though his pain was like fuel to his fire for God. When I myself questioned this seemingly unshakeable faith he would simply reply “God has my back” and that was that.  Bryan was a Michigan fan but we loved him anyway. Year after year he would sit during the OSU Michigan game amongst a sea of scarlet and gray sporting his maize and blue and we still kept him in the family. If you will, take a moment to think of the Bryan you knew and loved.  All relationships are personal. They are based on our own experiences. If you feel the need to cry I hope they are tears of joy and not sorrow. Bryan never wanted anyone in his presence to be sad. If you ever wronged him take comfort in knowing you were forgiven. Bryan didn’t hold grudges. His spirit was too pure for such things.  As I close out the most difficult item I have ever written I ask that if you cared for my brother you would remember this scripture. John 8:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free you shall be free indeed! Let us all rejoice! No more pain! Our Bryan is free indeed!

With love from the Wilkey/Duff Family

Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00 noon Monday March 23, 2015 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE 2500 Cleveland Ave.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Bryan, you were a “Stand Up” kind of guy. The stars in the heavens are brighter because of you. Wilkey family, know that you are in our prayers.

  2. Michael D. Harrington

    Bryan, I am loss for words. Man oh Man we ran tough together in the Village Green, We played football and we cut a Fool we walked to school and we just hung-out. When you guys moved on 18 th Ave and I on Gibbard Ave. We still hung out together the whole entire Family. To The Wilkey Family I am very sorry for your LOST in your Son, Brother, Father and My Friend. May he R.I.P. and know that I will never forget. I will be thinking of you all. God Bless and know that he is in a BETTER PLACE NOW… Until we Meet Again…… Foot’s

  3. Lanita Bohannon

    I just want to say I’m so glad to have been in your life, you were an amazing person with a wonderful heart. Gabriella, ️Olivia and I will miss you dearly. Gabby loved her uncle Bryan and I’m sure ️Olivia would have too! We love you and will miss you! Rest in Peace Bryan

  4. shaley willett

    I love you Uncle Bryan. I can still hear you saying I love you baby girl that’s from the heart

  5. Marquisa Monique Mitchell

    I would like to offer up love, light, peace and the healing energy to the Wilkey family as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one, Bryan. Please remember and be comforted in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with God.

  6. I did not know this brother personally.. But I do know that he comes from a good stock of people. The brief description of his persona is incredible. I miss this guy without ever making contact with him. Much love.

  7. May 22, 2015 at 2:47pm, pacific standard time

    Hello, I would like to give my condolences to the Wilkey’s family, for my friend Bryan K. Wilkey. My name is Sherri Smith, and I was a long time friend of Bryan’s for 25 years, when I lived in Ohio. I had a feeling that something was wrong with Bryan, when I called him every week from California, and his phone number was disconnected. Recently, as of yesterday, I put his name on the internet, and sadly I seen that my dear friend had left me. But I know now that he is in heaven with God, and he is still living his life with Jesus in an heavenly body, and looking down on us here on earth. Yes, indeed Bryan’s heart was full of genuine love, and pure affection. He was my best friend, a beloved father, brother, son, and grandfather, and he will definitely be miss. I know when I get to heaven, I can’t wait to see him, and his beautiful smile, and loving heart, as I miss my dear friend. Bryan. I was bless to have the honor to know Bryan, and his heart, and spirit was just like mines, and he was indeed my angel from God, my beautiful friend. I will always miss you Bryan, my friend, and you will be indeed in my heart always. Love your friend, Sherri Smith, of California. I want to give my sympathy to the family. If you need anything, I am always here for you. Love you.

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