|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1923|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 2005|
Published: November 23, 2005
Curry Coastal Pilot
Henry William "Wick" Wichers, 82, of Brookings, died Nov. 21, 2005, of natural causes at a local care facility.
He was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Manhattan, Kan., to Henry Everett and Vera Wichers.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps following high school graduation. The Army was impressed with his photography skills and sent him to Yale University as part of their officer training program. During his military service, he worked as an aerial photo interpreter and helped make maps based on surveillance photos.
In 1944, he married his first love, Jean Fullerton with whom he had three children.
He was honorably discharged in 1946, and became a photography instructor at Kansas State University, the same school where his father and grandfather had been professors.
During his teaching career, Mr. Wichers worked on his bachelor's degree, and graduated in 1948. He went on to receive his master's in photography at Ohio University. The family then relocated to San Jose, Calif., where he taught at San Jose State University, and later, DeAnza College. He also worked as chief photographer for Hiller Helicopters, and Lockheed as a photographic engineer. In the 1970s, he was involved in research of 3D television and 3D X-ray. He retired in 1984.
Jean Wichers died in 1983, and he subsequently married Leoda Dodd, who shared his love of travel and painting. Mr. Wichers was a talented artist, and worked in a variety of mediums.
The couple ventured to destinations around the world; New Zealand was Mr. Wichers' favorite. In each locale, he enjoyed studying the history, culture and religious ideology of the locals, and developed a deep respect for others' beliefs, his family said.
Inez Alexander was his companion following Leoda's death.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include daughters Teresa Kathleen Crockwell and husband Stephen of Ontario, Calif., Acacia Jan Ellyn Kimball of Brookings; son Hendrick Jon Wichers and wife Susan, of Merritt Island, Fla.; grandchildren Christine Campisi, William Crockwell, Zabrina Wichers, VanessaWichers and Crystal Ann Anderson; and a great-grandchild, Marcus Damion Anderson.
He was preceded in death by wives Jean E.Wichers, Leoda Wichers; and son-in-law, William Kimball.
Memorials may be made to Curry County Hospice, P.O. Box 746, Gold Beach, OR 97444.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in San Jose, Calif.
Cremation is under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel and Crematory.
Jean Elaine Fullerton Wichers (1925 - 1983)*
Created by: Lettie Kirby
Record added: Nov 05, 2011
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