Edward Wicks

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Edward Franklin Wicks, 91, died on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at the Dove House after a brief illness. Born Sept. 22, 1923 in Finksburg, MD, he was the son of the late Charles William and Alverta Conaway Wicks. He was the husband of Lorraine Barnes Wicks, who predeceased him on December 30, 2010. He was a graduate of Westminster High School, Class of 1940. During WWII he served as a sergeant in the United States Army with the 208th Engineer Combat Battalion, "The Fighting Dozers" from Feb. 9, 1943 - Dec. 22, 1945. The 208th landed on Normandy Beach on June 26, 1944 and followed the 29th Division in its advance through France, Belgium, and over the Rhine into Germany. The battalion's many achievements included the rebuilding of the Roer River Bridge, clean-up and rebuilding roads leading into St. Lo, France, building of the Rhine River Bridge which aided "Operation Flashpoint", the assault that began the final Allied push into Germany. Following the war, the 208th spent six months helping with clean-up operations in Berlin which included building the mess hall where the Big Three Conference was held. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Ribbon, and WWII Victory Ribbon for his service. After the war, he returned to his career of selling replacement auto parts with Bering Service Company. He also worked for RPS Auto Parts and retired from MBA Auto Parts. He was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Gamber where he taught Sunday School, served a financial secretary and served on many committees throughout his years of membership. He was a life member of the VFW Post # 467 and the American Legion Post #31, both of Westminster. He spent many summer Sundays playing slow pitch softball for the Gamber Volunteer Fire Company team and coached both Westminster Little League and Babe Ruth teams for many years. He enjoyed traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles, bowling, playing golf, playing cards, especially bridge, and spending time with his family. Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Vickie W. and Arthur N. Riley of Westminster; son and daughter-in-law, Michael E. and Kathleen J. Wicks of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren and spouses, Aileen Riley, Kimberly and David Denis, Kevin and Susan Riley, all of Westminster; Megan and Carl Doran of Churchville, MD; Connie and Neil Hammell and Jody and David Blood of Alexandria, VA; and Daria and Chad Arrington of BelAir, MD; great-grandchildren, Connor and Peyton Denis, Emma Riley, Cole and Seth Doran, and Avery and Claire Hammell; sister-in-law, Patricia Humbert, and brother-in-law and spouse, Gene and Carol Brothers, all of Westminster. The family will receive friends from 3 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Douglas Hoffman, Calvary United Methodist, officiating. Interment will be at Providence Cemetery, Gamber. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Calvary United Methodist Church, 3939 Gamber Rd. Finksburg, MD 21048; or Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.FLETCHERFUNERALHOME.net.

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Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services
254 E Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848 -7575
Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 2, 2015
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