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John A. Wicke Jr.
John A. Wicke Jr., 92, formerly of Nixon, Texas, died Friday, May 9, 2014, in San Marcos. He was born near the Rancho community in Gonzales County on Dec. 21, 1921, to Emelia Schiwitz and John Christian Adam Wicke Sr.
John served in the U.S. Navy as a machinist’s mate during World War II, and returned to Nixon in 1946 to indulge his lifelong love of farming, and of raising “tame” Angus bulls. John served as fire chief of the Nixon Volunteer Fire Department from 1950-64. He was one of the organizers of the Gonzales County Fire Commission and served on that board from 1964 to 2010. He was instrumental in organizing the Nixon American Legion Post from 1954-73, and served as commander, as well as serving as commander of the Westhoff American Legion Post from 1985-89. He also served as a board member of the Nixon Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s and five and a half years in the 1970s and 1980s.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harmon Seidel Wicke and August Gottlieb “Gulley” Wicke; three sisters, Berta Mae Cox, Susan “Susie” Pearl Collins, and infant Mary Augusta Wicke; a son, John Arthur Wicke; and nieces and nephews Margaret Louise Johnson, Betty Ruth Cooksey, Morris Ray “Sonny” Collins, and Elmer “Junior” Collins Jr.
John is survived by his wife since Aug. 9, 1957, Evelyn Grace (Keller) Wicke of Wimberley; two daughters, Terry L. Wicke and Linda S. (Wicke) Adie; two granddaughters, Christine nee Adie and Jodie nee Adie; seven great-grandchildren; his nieces, Darleen Wicke Ostwald and Nancy Pawelek; niece by marriage Linda Collins; his good friend and nephew by marriage, Harvey Pawelek; as well as other loving family and friends.
Visitation was held on Monday, May 12, from 5-7 p.m. in the Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the funeral chapel, officiated by Pastor Rhonda Troll.
Interment followed in the Nixon Cemetery in Nixon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nixon Volunteer Fire Department; the First United Methodist Church of Nixon; or to a charity of one’s choice.
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