Wicks, Marshall Grant
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March 15, 1926 - Jan. 4, 2013
Marshall Grant Wicks, 86, passed away on January 4, 2013. Born in Detroit, MI in 1926 to Gerald Grant and Althea Herzog Wicks. Marshall was raised in Ferndale, MI and graduated from Lincoln High where he played football, baseball, was a gymnast and diver. There he developed his mechanical skills and became an avid outdoors man, hunter, fisherman and conversationalist along with his lifelong "Ferndale Friends".
During WWII he enlisted in the Navy where he served as an engineer/navigator on a rocket ship in the Atlantic and Pacific. He was honorably discharged and joined the Coast Guard Reserves in 1946.
Following the military service he went to Hillsdale College in Michigan where he studied engineering and pledged Delta Tau Delta. He was an AAU Diver and scholar. He completed his grad studies at Michigan State University. He met and married Joyce (Brown) in 1950, who predeceased him, and they were happy for 52 years.
Survivors include his daughter, Pamela Wicks of CA; son, Marshall Wicks Jr. of MI; three grandchildren, Trevor, Hunter, and Spencer Wicks of MI; brother-in-law, Richard (Cynthia) Bugg, and various cousins, nieces, and nephews, and his long time friend and companion, Joanne Koshewicz of FL.
Marshall's career was in engineering where he designed and sold large automotive and related industries manufacturing systems and robotics. He retired early to Venice, FL where he enjoyed 37 years golfing, fishing, and travelling. Marshall was very involved in various charities including Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Loveland Center and nature conservation. He was a member of Eagles, Elks, American Legion, Burning Oaks, Myakka Pines, and Boca Royal Country Club, where he was renowned for his sense of humor, competitive spirit, good sportsmanship, being a mean card player, and excellent golfer. He holds a standing record for catching an 850 pound Blue Marlin in Ghana, West Africa at age 80. He was a founding member and 1st Commodore of the Houghton Lake Yacht Club near his summer home at Higgins Lake, MI.
Our father was a very lucky and good man who lived his American Dream and did it right. A memorial service will be held in July at his beloved Higgins Lakes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Center, Venice, FL.
Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2013