PERRY - DeWayne E. Wilcox, 76, of 7619 Handley Road, and former resident of Pike, died Friday (Jan. 4, 2013) at Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.
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He was born Jan. 11, 1936, in Pike, a son of the late Leon and Edith Hamer Wilcox. He married Shirley Irwin who predeceased him Aug. 3, 1987.
After marrying Shirley Irwin he joined the Army National Guard, serving for four years. When he returned, DeWayne worked as a mechanic at his father's hardware store in Pike. Due to his many talents, his career took him to multiple employers throughout Western New York including Aronson's, Neil Hersch Company, Groves, and Ayers and Gillett, to name a few. He retired from Monroe Tractors in 2001.
DeWayne was a former member of the Masons, celebrating 50 years of service; Warsaw Moose Club; and he was a former member of United Church of Christ in Warsaw.
DeWayne enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, sitting on the front porch, traveling the USA, spending time with his beloved dog Molly, and recently found he enjoyed playing golf. He made an impression on many people and loved his family dearly.
Surviving are his children, Gordon (Nancy) Wilcox of East Koy, Deborah (Jeff Schillaci) Ellis of Silver Springs, Darlene Blaszak of Castile; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clinton (Betty) Wilcox of Medina; three nephews; his former wife and dear companion, Avis Wilcox of Warsaw; his stepchildren, Debra (Hans) Boxler, Sherry Walton, Amy (Alan) Roth and William Safford Jr.; 11 step grand-children; and nine step great-grandchildren.
Family and friends may gather 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee, Fillmore, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 10, 2013). The Rev. Dr. Barbara Therese, pastor of The United Church of Warsaw, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Pike.
Memorials, if desired, may be made in DeWayne's name to Buffalo General Hospital, Palliative Care Unit (9th floor), 100 High St., Buffalo, NY 14203.
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Jan. 6 to Feb. 6, 2013