Marshall Arnold "Wilkins" Gurd


Longtime Rim Country resident Marshall Arnold "Wilkins" Gurd died Aug. 18, 2006 in Payson.

Better known to family and friends as "Pickles," he was born June 25, 1943 at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

At 6 months of age, he and his mother moved to Arizona, where he spent the rest of his life.

His family traveled around Arizona, following his dad's work in construction, finally settling in Payson in 1956. He joined the Army at 17 in 1960, where he received his GED. He was in the Transportation Division for six years, serving in Germany, and a tour of duty in Vietnam. After discharge, he became a long distance truck driver, moving furniture and household goods. After a knee injury requiring surgery in 1971, he stopped driving and married his nurse, Bernice Nelson.

He attended Mesa Community College and received his bachelor's degree in Business. He also graduated from the Arizona Refrigeration School, and was a licensed air conditioning/refrigeration mechanic.

He and his family moved back to Payson in 1976 and had a second-hand store across from the Oxbow and later had a chain saw/small engine sale and repair shop.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Bernice; daughter Cathy (John) Kesterson; son, Daniel Gurd; grandson, Joe Kesterson; sisters, Wendy (George) Bauer; and Karen (Rick) Johnson; and was "Uncle Pickles" to his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Uledene (Dene) and Roger Wilkins.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the intersection of Ponderosa and Aero Drive.

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