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Richard E. Wicks

April 18, 1932 ~ October 17, 2020 (age 88)


Richard E. Wicks, died October 17, 2020 and is now in the caring arms of Jesus.  He was the son of Bernard D. Wicks and Lucille (Herrick) Wicks and born April 18, 1932.  His brother, Douglas H. Wicks preceded him in 2012.  He is survived by his best friend and love of his life Ellen, his wife for 64 years.  He also leaves his daughter, Susan M. Vicari and son-in-law Tony Vicari, Jr. as well as two grandchildren, Tony Vicari III and wife Chris and Marie Lucille (Vicari) Marshall and husband Alex.  He also leaves his son, Timothy Richard Wicks and his husband Darshan Sawant.  Further he is survived by his sister-in-law Joyce Thomet plus nieces, nephews, and special cousins.  He also leaves many life-long friends, George H. Aster of California, J. Ben Williams of Texas and John Krauskopf and Father Graham McDonnell of Lake Kewagawan, Gene Morrison and many others. 

Richard graduated from Central High School in 1950 and Grand Rapids Junior College in 1952, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in 1954.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years and completed his active duty as secretary-aide to the Commander of Atlantic LST Squadron in Little Creek, VA.

In 1958 he joined his father and brother in the family owned B.D. Wicks Insurance Agency.  He retired in 1990.

Richard was a 30 year member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, past member of Egypt Valley Country Club, member of the G.R. Elks, and life member of Second Congregational Church.

He enjoyed many hobbies and activities.  He particularly enjoyed his time with family and friends at the family owned Pine Island Hunting Camp in Roscommon County.  He spent his summers since 1935 at Lake Kewagawan with his life-long friends and family.  He and his wife took many trips and vacationed winters for over 27 years near Key West, Florida.  He liked attending antique and classic car and boat shows, seldom missing any.  He built his own wooden boat at age 14 which is stored at the farm which he truly loved. 

Due to Covid-19 no services will be held at this time, rather a celebration of his life will be planned in early summer 2021.  Memorial contributions in Richard’s name may be made to Faith Hospice or a charity of choice. 




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