Lars Gregory Wikman, 49, of Middletown, passed away peacefully at home August 31 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He lived his early years in Monmouth Hills. He so loved Monmouth Hills that he had his wedding and reception held there when he married Julie White on August 25, 2012. An actor and photographer, he was very much loved by all family members especially young ones. Peace, love, and joy was his philosophy and he was known by all for his kindness, giving spirit, his love of music, nature, gardening and his pets. Lars loved playing frisbee golf with his friends. He was a die-hard Mets and Giants fan recording and watching every game. Lars’ abundant passion for life was surpassed only by his love for others. Lars was a wise and deeply spiritual man seeking justice and equal treatment for all this world’s sentient beings. He believed that all creatures are above no other and below no other. Lars always remained true to himself and did not compromise his beliefs and values.
Lars was predeceased by stepfather, William C. Johnson; and his step-brothers, Kirk and Billy Johnson. Lars was survived by his loving wife, Julie Wikman; his dog, Ruthie, and his cats, Leela and Loki; his mother, Audrey Wikman Johnson of Middletown; his father, Allan Wikman of Kingston, N.Y.; his siblings, Lisa Woodfield of Chatham, Mass., Chris Wikman (Jane Wikman) of Germantown, Md., and Eric Wikman (Jennifer Craker) of Los Angeles, Calif.; his stepbrother, Glen Chris Johnson of Navesink and his partner, Patty Watson; his stepbrother’s widow, Kathleen Johnson; his nieces and nephews, Bill (Joselyn) Havens, Margarete (Tim) Brenner, Emily (Bryan) Greehagen, Andrew Havens, Max Woodfield, Sarah Wikman, David Wikman, Sean Wikman, William Johnson, and Colin Johnson; his in-laws, Mark and AnneMarie White of Wall; his brothers-in-law, Jon White, his wife Kelly and their son, Tommy, of Wall, Dan White of Brielle, and his fiance, Kerry Baglivio; and his sister-in-law, Corina White of Highland Park.
A memorial celebration was held at the Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, on Friday, September 4. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lars’ name to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606 or online at www.nature.org.
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