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Wicks, Leonard Milton 1918-2003


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 1/16/2013 at 11:33:31

Source: Cresco Times Plain Dealer April 30, 2003

Services held for Leonard Wicks, 85

Funeral services for Leonard “Whimpy” Wicks were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the Notre Dame Parish-Assumption Worship Center in Cresco with Rev. Henry W. Charipar officiating. Interment was in Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak. Pallbearers were: Eldon Snyder, Gary Snyder, Darrell Wicks, Loren Wicks, Alan Daskam, and Scott Johnson. Conway Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Leonard, 85, died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003 at Regional Health Services of Howard County Hospital in Cresco.

Leonard Milton Wicks was born Easter Sunday, March 31, 1918 in Bluffton Township, Winneshiek County, the son of Claude and Olive (Olson) Wicks. As a child he lived on his parents farm, attending rural school, and graduated from Burr Oak High School. He served in the U.S. Army with the 63rd Chemical Depot Company from 1942 until 1945.

Leonard worked for a tree trimming service and also rented his family farm until an injury forced an early retirement.

In the 1950s he moved to Kendallville. He was approached by the Winneshiek County Supervisors and accepted a job as a maintainer operator. He received recognition for having the best improved roads in the state of Iowa. He held this job for 24 years until retiring in 1979.

On September 12, 1964 he married Joan Mary Stejskal at the Assumption Church in Canton, MN.

He loved the outdoors; hunting fishing, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Joan; his children: John of Schaller, Ruth Stears of Ridgeway, Kaye Steege of Cedar Rapids, Tony of Cresco, Anne of Watauga, TX, and Dean of Mason City; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother: Marvin of Harmony, MN; and one sister: Marie Snyder of Kalona.

Leonard was preceded in death by an infant son: Paul; his parents; and two brothers: Harley and Marion.

Transcribed from a newspaper clipping submitted by Janice Sowers.

Burr Oak Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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