Ficke, Bev C. On November 14, 2014 our most beloved husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law and friend went to heaven to join his Savior, Jesus Christ. Bev C. Ficke, or Grandad as he was known to his family, was born on April 20, 1924 in Gerald County Missouri, to Marvin and Perle Essman Ficke. At the age of 14, he moved to Denison Texas where he was a cheerleader, graduating from Denison High School in 1942. Upon graduation, Bev enrolled in Austin College and entered the Navy in November 1942. Bev considered his navy training to be invaluable and remained involved until the end of the Korean War. During this time, Bev graduated from SMU and on August 6, 1949, he married Billie Lois Wood. They lived in New York City, Corpus Christi and settled in Dallas to raise their three sons. Bev was highly respected in the Insurance Business where he remained the rest of his life. Bev never met a stranger and to know him was to love him. He had a smile that lit up any room. He saw the world through rose colored glasses and found adventure in everything he did, from bull riding, jumping on planes in his Navy days to see where they would take him, dancing, participating in game shows, hunting, Boy Scouts, and his true passion, snow skiing. Grandad delighted in sharing his life stories with his grandchildren and they loved hearing them. His wisdom and influence will be with all of us forever and he will truly be missed by everyone who knew him, especially his family. Bev is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Billie, his three sons Brad, Bruce (Sheryl), Brian (Leslie), his cherished grandchildren Brooks (Sarah) , Blake, Diane, David and Kate. A memorial service and celebration of Bev's life will be held on Monday, November 18th at 3:00pm at Park Cities Baptist Church, Ellis Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas or Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer.
Published in Dallas Morning News from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2013