Norman L. Wicks
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Norman Wicks, 94, of Montrose passed away on October 9, 2013 at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 12 at St. John Lutheran Church in Montrose. Visitation will begin at 3 pm with family present at 6 pm and a 7 pm prayer service all at Kinzley Funeral Home in Salem.
Norman Lawrence Wicks was born on May 5, 1919 to Mike and Freda (Johnson) Wicks on their farm northeast of Montrose. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Jacob's Lutheran Church near Colton, SD. He spent most of his life in the Montrose area; except for the years he served in the Army during WWII.
Norm entered the Army in February of 1942 and he was a member of the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He trained in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina before landing in North Africa in April of 1943. The 636th were among the first troops to land at the invasion of Italy which began at Salerno on September 13th; they later received a unit citation award for this. The 636th Battalion also participated in landings at Anzio, Italy, Southern France, and saw action in Rhineland and central Europe theaters. Norm received a Bronze Star Medal for bravery at Massow, Italy. He did not receive the actual medal until some forty years later at a meeting of the local American Legion Post, of which he was a member for more than fifty years.
Norm married Marilyn Raabe in August of 1950 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Montrose. He was a faithful member of St. John's and was a caretaker for many years at the church as well. They farmed until 1974 and later moved to Montrose when Norm accepted a job at the Coop Grain and Lumber Co. He worked there for more than 20 years until retiring in the mid-1990s. Norm enjoyed the activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as reading and playing pinochle. He loved his Lord, his family, and his country and he served them all well.
Norm is survived by: Marilyn, his wife of 63 years, of Montrose; three daughters, Judith Saarem of Whitehall, WI, Linda (Denny) Cleveland of Montrose, SD, and Jacqueline (Craig) Link of Wagner, SD; and one son, Jonathan (Eunice) Wicks of Zumbrota, MN; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Cora O'Harrow of Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, three sisters, and one grandchild, Jennifer Cleveland. www.kinzleyfh.com
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500 N Main St Salem, SD 57058
Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 11, 2013