Gregg William Wilks, age 56 died November 19, 2021 in Bellingham, WA. He was born on August 21, 1965 in Tillamook, Oregon to Glenn and Betty Wilks, and was an identical twin to Babe Wilks.
In 1972 the family relocated to Hyder, Alaska where he learned the art of logging from his dad and uncle. Gregg was driving log trucks by the time he was 10 years old and there wasn’t a piece of equipment on wheels or tracks he couldn’t operate. He spent many years working in Dolomi and multiple other logging camps throughout the 1980s. He was the epitome of the Alaskan logger and you could see the gleam in his eyes when he talked about logging.
Gregg worked alongside his dad and brothers for years before moving to Ketchikan, and starting his own business, Gregg’s Logging. When the logging industry started winding down, he started his current business – Gregg’s Dirty Work.
Nothing was more important in Gregg’s life than his family, friends and dogs. Anyone who knew him knew he would literally give you the shirt off his back. He loved all holidays but the Fourth of July was by far his favorite. He loved his veterans and he loved his country. He was involved with the Ketchikan Harley Riders and never missed a memorial ride or a veterans’ ride if he could help it.
Gregg was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Betty Wilks, and brothers, Jerry Wilks, Darrell Wilks and Gerald Wilks.
He is survived by his wife, Charlanne Thomas Wilks, daughters, Tiffany Wilks, Nikki (Scott) Miller and Zoe Gilley; sons, Zack Willard, Chase Heath, Jake (Rae) Heath, Gage Heath, Braydan Heath, and Alex Gilley; brothers, Babe (Wanda) Wilks of Waterfall, Mike (Jenny) Wilks of Shelton, Washington, Chris (Linda) Wilks of Tillamook, Oregon, Scott Wilks of Ketchikan, sister, Robin (David) Jackman of Nanaimo, British Columbia, and grandchildren, Zadi Zier, Kirya Zier, Mason Miller, Sophia Heath and Luna Heath. He is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews. Gregg was a devoted father, brother and husband. He was the glue of the family, and will be dearly missed.
A celebration of Gregg’s life will be announced at a later date.