VeteranPhilip Wickert

Philip WickertPhilip E. Wickert, 79, of Glasford died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at his home.

He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Ipava, a son of Arthur Theodore and Frances Elizabeth Groff Wickert. He married Barbara Ann Robertson on Nov. 22, 1952, in Adair, Ark. She survives.

Also surviving are five daughters, Teresa (and Herman) Gohde of Canton, Gloria (and Thomas) Chambers and Kathleen (and Tom) Robertson, both of Glasford, Lisa (and Jeff) Harris of St. David, and Roberta (and Bernie) Kott of Mapleton; one son, Andrew (and Angie) of Washington; two sisters, Barbara Walters of Astoria and Kathleen Haacke of Lewistown; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Randy; and one brother, Don.

He was a service instructor for Allis Chalmers for 35 years, retiring in 1986.

He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 598th Parachute Infantry Company of the 82nd Airborne Division. He received three overseas service bars, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater ribbon with four battle stars, a good conduct medal, World War II victory medal, Bel Fourragere Holland and the Military Order of Wilhelm.

He was a member of Glasford American Legion Post 35, the Glasford Optimist Club, Unit 529 Illinois 40 et 8 of Peoria and served as an Eisenhower Honor Guard.

Services were held Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava with Rev. Tony Suitor officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery in Astoria, where military rites were conducted by his American Legion post.

Memorials may be made to the Philip Wickert Memorial Fund in care of Glasford State Bank.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/10/2003

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