James Wickert


James Wickert was taken from us to be with his maker, with family at his bedside, on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  

Jim was born on April 12, 1925, to Lawrence Wickert and Ann Plischounig Wickert in the Town of Trenton, Washington County.

He and his family moved to Barton, Wis., where Jim grew up and went to school.

He joined the Navy in early 1943, spent three years in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged in late 1946.  

On July 19, 1947, he married the love of his life, Janis Schwichtenberg.  Together they operated the Milwaukee House Tavern in Barton. In 1952, he began his career of 36 years with WEC and retired in 1988.

Jim enjoyed his family, spending time with his son Jere at Lake Michigan or time in California with the girls, Jill and Jacque.

Jim and Janis spent their retirement years living in Lake Havasu. Ariz.  

During his lifetime, Jim spent time as Scoutmaster in Cedar Grove and was a 20-year member of the Belgium Lions Club, serving a term as president, a lifetime member of the VFW and a 20-year member of the Elks in Lake Havasu. He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting and reading.

Jim and Janis had four children, Jim V., Jill Ann, Jere T. and Jacqueline M. He and Janis enjoyed 70-plus years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife Janis; his three children, Jill, Jere and Jacque; dear friend Russell Wilson; daughters-in-law Kitty Ann Doyle Wickert and Maureen Foley Wickert; sister Mary Tessar; sisters-in-law Ruth Schwichtenberg and Nancy Wickert;  grandchildren Rebecah (David) Wickert-Carini, Erin (Dan) Moericke, Jordan Wickert and Jonathan Wickert; great-grandchildren Jakob M. Wickert, Ciara G. Moericke, Olivia D. Moericke and Harper T. Wickert; blended family grandchildren Nicholas (Melanie) Marco, (Kristin) and Anthony Corrao, and Martini Paratore (Adam) Soldinger; great-grandchildren  Lacey C. (Jeremy) Cobb, Morgan E. Moericke, Hunter Q. Moericke, Mia Corrao and Crosby and Conrad Soldinger; and great-great-grandchildren Charles and Maxwell Cobb.  

Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father, in-laws Albert and Irene Koenings Schwichtenberg, his oldest son James, brother Lawrence, brother-in-law Vernon Schwichtenberg, brother-in-law John Tessar and son-in-law Jim Paratore.

Jim was laid to rest in West Bend.

Services were held at Washington County Memorial Park Chapel on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Military honors followed.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or American Lung Association.

Special thanks are bestowed to Home Health Care, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and True Care of Sherman Oaks, Calif., for their loving care.

Our loving husband and father will be truly missed.

Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend assisted the family.


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