Mr. Watkins was born Feb. 6, 1932 in Aurora.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Riley Watkins; two sons, Soctt Watkins and wife Lori and Bob Watkins and wife Jenny; and five grandchildren, Sarah, Jessica and A.J. Watkins and Michael and Nicole Lantero.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leona and Thomas Watkins.
A private service was held.
DuPage Cremations and Memorial Chapel of West Chicago was in charge of arrangements.