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Charles Wicker

Charles Allan Wicker (Wicker)

Saturday, March 17, 1934 - Saturday, August 1, 2020
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Charles “Chuck” Wicker, 86 a resident of Traprock Valley passed away peacefully at this home on Saturday morning August 1, 2020.

He was born on March 17, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin a son of the late Kenneth and Luella (Halverson) Wicker.

He graduated from Washington High School with the class of 1952 and later went on to receive his bachelors and masters degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Chuck was a veteran having served in the U.S. Air force for 2 years

On September 21, 1973 he was married to the former Kathy Jukuri Lassila.

After their marriage they moved to the Jukuri Farm on Sievi Road in Traprock. Chuck was a teacher in Waupun, Wisconsin and Calumet High School. He then went on to serve as Uniserv Director for Region 18 which covered the Western Upper Peninsula. In 1980 he and Kathy opened Kathy’s Country Flowers in Hancock which they owned and operated until they retired in November 2010. He also worked for the U.S. Census

Chuck enjoyed hunting and fishing traveling to Montana, Alaska, Colorado, and Argentina. He also loved life on the farm driving his side by side, working on the farm with his bulldozer and backhoe that he bought when he went to a garage sale with Kathy, he never went to another garage sale.

He was a past member of the Hancock Rotary Club for 30 years serving as President. He received the Paul Harris Fellow Award, started the Rotary Rose Sale and chaperoned Rotary exchange student trips out west.

He was a member of the Hancock City Council, Main Street Hancock and the DDA, Hancock BPA, Houghton County Democratic Party and Faith Lutheran Church of Calumet. He also was instrumental in bring back the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hancock and was also cochair of the first ever Bridgefest festivities.

Preceding him in death was his sister Doris Kerrigan and brothers Russell, Gordon and Donald.

Surviving are: His wife Kathy

Son: Guy (Keyi Dai) Wicker of Hancock

Daughters: Carey (Mark) Polewezynski of Waterford, WI

Jeanne (Scott) Clow of Colgate, WI

Step Sons: Jon Lassila of Traprock

Brian (Sherry) Lassila of Traprock

Daughter in law: Sandy Lassila

Grandchildren: Andy (Misty) Polewezynski, Matt (Brandy) Polewezynski, Michele (Matt) Laufer, Bowen Clow, Kyle Clow, Cole Lassila, Morgan (Dustin) Hokenson and Blake Lassila.

Great Grandchildren: Melanie, Michelle, Miles, Max, Matt, Madison, Ellie, Amelia and Stanley.

Visitation will be held on Thursday August 6, 2020 from 11-1:00 PM with the funeral service starting at 1:00 PM at the Erickson Crowley Peterson/ Siskiwit Reception Hall outdoor garden.
Please wear bright clothing Chuck loved his Hawaiian shirts.
This will be an outdoor event and masks and social distancing will still be required.

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at ericksoncrowleypeterson.com

Flowers and plants will be an appropriate form of sympathy. Any other expressions of sympathy may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church 26016 Depot Street Calumet, MI 49913

Special thank you to all of the staff of Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health and Hospice including: Scott, Steve, Rebecca, McKenna and Roger.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Siskiwit Reception Hall
    26070 Pine Street
    Calumet, MI 49913
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:00pm
    Siskiwit Reception Hall
    26070 Pine Street
    Calumet, MI 49913
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    Pastor Jared Howard
  • Interment

    Maple Hill Cemetery
    Address Not Available, Address Not Available
    Lake Linden, Michigan 49945
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Carol Waisanen

Posted at 09:37pm
David and I were very sorry to learn of Chuck's death. We extend our deepest sympathy to you, Cathy and all the family.

Dick Tuisku

Posted at 06:05pm
I knew Chuck in many capacities-MEA Director, the Flower Guy, co-host on the Rotary International cross-country trip, etc., but the one I most cherished was as a friend. Chuck, we will all miss you My condolences to Kathy and the entire family. Chuck left a lasting imression.

jackie and al kempke

Posted at 10:37am
So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. He was a gentleman with a wry wit and a quick smile, decisive, a hard worker, and a man who loved his family. Al and I enjoyed working with him for the Hancock Rotary's rose sale. He was a giving person, honorable, and kind. Blessings to Kathy and to his wonderful family.


Posted at 01:07pm
Condolences, thoughts and prayers to Chucks family. Lots of good memories of Chuck over the years. He was a fixture in the community, a mentor and teacher.

Lucas & Laurie Barrette

Posted at 08:17am
We are thinking of you.
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