WICAL, Charles H. 1937-1970
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Date: 10/1/2016 at 11:32:06
Country Records First Highway Death Of Year
A 32-year old Grundy Center man, Charles Henry "Ike" Wical, has become Grundy county's first traffic fatality of the year.
Wical died Saturday night at Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls of injuries received in a one car accident on the Lincoln Center blacktop road three miles south and one and a half miles west of Dike.
County Sheriff Dick Kern said Wical's 1964 Mercury station-wagon left the road and crashed head-on into a culvert. The vehicle was demolished.
The mishap was reported to the sheriff's department at 10:10 p.m. Saturday.
First to arrive on the scene was Heye Schaa of Grundy Center. He immediately went to a nearby farm home, owned by Ray Cirksena, who summoned the Dike ambulance.
Wical died about 20 minutes after his arrival at the hospital.
Sheriff Kern said Wical apparently went to sleep behind the wheel.
Services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home with burial in the Grundy Center cemetery. Pastor J. C. Ford was in charge of the services.
He was born in Grundy Center October 6, 1937, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Wical, Sr. He attended the Grundy Center school and served in the U.S. Army from October 27, 1954 to March 26, 1958. He worked at different jobs in the Waterloo and Grundy Center areas.
He is survived by his parents and eight brothers and sisters. Shepherd Wical, of Cucamonga, Calif.; Mrs. George (Kathryn) Helm, of Fairbanks, Iowa; Mrs. Harold (Caroline) Hayes, of Mesa, Arizona; Mrs. Elsie Ireland, Mesa, Arizona; Earl M. Wical Jr., Grundy Center; Don Wical of Grundy Center; Miss Goldie Marie Wical of Union, Iowa; and Mrs. Tom (Rosemary) Kennedy, Cedar Rapids. He was preceded in death by one brother.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 May 1970, pg 1, 8
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