Gary Wayne Wickre

March 22, 1944 - April 26, 2022

Gary Wayne Wickre


Gary Wayne Wickre was born March 22,1944, in Mt. Clemons, Michigan to Julian and Eleanor (Christopherson) Wickre. The second child of six, he cherished family and took the role of big brother seriously. When he was very young they moved to South Dakota near relatives and he spent fun times on the farm working and playing baseball. He attended high school in Mankato, Minnesota mostly, but graduated from Dubuque Sr. in Iowa after moving with his family. He then joined the Army and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and served his country with great commitment. After his service he settled in Belvidere, Illinois and worked at the Chrysler Assembly Plant. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and on November 2,1988 he married Becky Bleakley. He loved to travel together as they served others through the American Legion. He was a life member of American Legion Post 205 of Capron, Illinois. He served many roles throughout his service including 12th District Commander, 2nd Division Commander, and many other roles involving helping the community. He lived as a leader in all things he did, including a passion of sending young men to experience the tradition of Boys’ State. He was a member of Anavicus and the Egyptian Past Commander’s Club. He valued fellowship and service and was a craftsman at heart, designing and building his own home, among other projects, especially cabinetry. He loved gardening and was a life member of the Boone County Garden Club. He was always at-the -ready to lend a hand to anyone and everyone in need. He was a Mr. Fix-it, as well as a talented singer and guitar player. He often shared his gift with family members at special times. His legacy of wise wit, gentle humor, compassionate heart, and hard work ethic will continue through his children and grandchildren. Gary moved to HQ, God’s Army on April 26, 2022 holding Becky’s hand, and is now in his Heavenly Quarters.

Those left to cherish him are his wife, Becky, of almost 34 years, who cared for him with amazing patience. His 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren: Daughter, Annette (Ken) Brown of Des Moines, Iowa, and their children-Katie & Bryon Coen and their four children-Neveah, Walker, Harry, and Alucard; grandchildren, Jacob Brown and Tiffany Brown; son, Thomas (Patti) Wickre MSgt, USAF, Retired of Alamogordo, New Mexico and their children- Tim Wickre MMN3, USN, Tami and Dewey Huffmon, Abby Wickre, and Brooke Wickre; daughter, Christi Wickre of West DesMoines, Iowa and her children, Ellie and Jaiden Cole; and daughter, Bethany-Buffy (Joe) Tangen of Pella, Iowa and their children-Thomas, Tabetha, and Theodore; and his siblings and their families: Shirley, Jayne, Daryl, Jackie, and Jeff, all of whom he loved dearly.

Memorials in Gary’s honor can be gifted to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the family. Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on May 3rd at 9:00 a.m, with the memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will ensue at a later date at Rock Island National Cemetery. 

Service Schedule

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church


Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on May 3rd at 9:00am, with the memorial service to follow at 11:00am.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church


Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on May 3rd at 9:00am, with the memorial service to follow at 11:00am.

Burial will ensue at a later date at Rock Island National Cemetery.

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My dads favorite nephew ❣️ Gary had the best laugh and smile. What a wonderful full life filled with family❣️ Becky your are in our thoughts. I am thankful you came to visit me years ago😍. Our sympathy

Arde 2022-05-03T18:47:59

So sorry for the Wicker families loss. Keeping Becky in my thoughts and prayers

Donna Bates 2022-05-03T05:35:46

So very sorry for your loss, our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Teri & George Miller 2022-05-01T22:06:18

So very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our condolences and prayers are with you.

Ken & Linda Stehley 2022-04-29T07:40:19

Sorry for your lost. I wish I could be at services but have a medical appoint that day. He will be missed.
Ed Stash Past 12th District Commander

EDWARD STASH 2022-04-28T17:15:02

I’m and so very sorry for your loss prayers to u Becky and the family. U r all in my thoughts. RIP Gary🙏❤🙏❤🙏 fly high with the angels🙏

Liz Walters 2022-04-28T16:27:36

I am so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing away. I am glad I had the opportunity to know him. Sending prayers to you and the family

Diane Bohd 2022-04-28T11:41:47

Our condolences and prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Jason M. 2022-04-28T10:22:06

Becky I was so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing.To you and the entire Family my sincere condolences

Diane Wooley 2022-04-27T20:50:21

Becky and family so sorry to hear this! My condolences

Lynda Ditto 2022-04-27T18:07:16


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