Stanley Ward Wilkerson, an Army veteran who reached out to help others as a volunteer at Stand Down camps for homeless veterans, has died at age 51.
He was killed Nov. 15 when a car struck him as he rode his bicycle on Power Inn Road north of Gerber Road around 8 p.m., according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.
Mr. Wilkerson fought in the Persian Gulf War and was discharged as an Army sergeant after four years.
He struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after settling in Sacramento in 1999 and was homeless for two years before turning his life around, friend Jacqueline Williams said.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Sacramento Bee
He worked as a handyman and traveled to volunteer at Stand Down camps throughout California.
He advised homeless veterans on filling out paperwork to receive benefits.
A Los Angeles native, Mr. Wilkerson was born in 1960. He worked on fishing boats in Alaska before moving to Sacramento, Williams said.
He was a friendly, down-to-earth guy who chatted easily with people. He lived recently with a friend whom he helped recover from heart-transplant surgery, Williams said.
Survivors include his mother, Earlene of Los Angeles; son, Stanley of Chicago; sisters, Lori and Lynette, both of Los Angeles; and brother, Kenji of Los Angeles.
No services are planned in Sacramento.