It is with great sadness that the Wichman family announces the death of Michael Arthur Wichman on December 11, 2012. Mike was a native Daytonian, born on December 14, 1954 to Herman Arthur and Mary Sutton Wichman. Mike graduated Seabreeze High School in 1973, participated in the Seabreeze Marching Band and worked with the Volusia County Beach Patrol as a lifeguard. After high school, Mike joined the army in 1973, serving his country with a tour of about 2 years in Munich, Germany. After being honorably discharged, Mike worked for the Volusia County Sheriff's department as a dispatcher, road deputy, SWAT team member, school resource officer, and Judge Patrick Kennedy's bailiff. In 1985 he met his wife of 25 years, Kathy and started a different part of his life. Together they shouldered good times & bad raising some wonderful children. After retiring from the VCSO with 34 years employment, Mike took on his retirement time with joy. He developed a new appreciation for his free time-frequently going out with his fishing buddy, Pat Green; kayaking with Kathy through the springs, hiking in the Ocala National Forest and playing bass guitar with the members of the Bonazolli Band, both on stage and in the "band room". Mike is survived by his wife, Kathy; and children Cameron Alexander, Michelle Kristine, Jennifer Dixon, along with her husband, Dwayne Dixon, and Sean A. Wichman; his uncle Jack Sutton (Jakin, GA), his wife, Betty and cousins Angela Musselwhite and Shannon Crumbaugh. Some of Mike's greatest joy came from playing and teaching his grandchildren, Gunner James Dixon and Mia Noelle Dixon, lessons of life. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 18th, at the First United Methodist Church, 336 South Halifax Drive in Ormond Beach. In lieu of flowers , memorial donations can be made to the "100 Deputies/100 Kids" charity c/o Volusia County Sheriff's Dept., 123 W. Indiana Avenue, Deland, FL 32724.
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Haigh-Black Funeral Home
167 Vining Court Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17, 2012