Irvin Henry Wilcox died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at Community Hospital in McCook, at the age of 86.
He was born Nov. 16, 1920, at McCook, the son of the late John Sylvester and Lonora Annabelle (Hesterwerth) Wilcox. He grew up on a farm south of McCook. He attended country school and also McCook High School.
He received his honorable discharge from the military in February 1946, and returned to the family farm. He pursued a passion for flying for a while until he settled down to farming as his occupation.
On Aug. 8, 1948, he married Lois V. Cook in Culbertson and three children were born to this union. lrvin took over the family farm in 1955, and enjoyed raising cattle and hogs along with several crops. He had a lot of skills he always dabbled in.
He could build anything if he put his mind to it. Woodworking and working with metals were things he enjoyed building with. Making toys and small steam engines to building a camper for the family pickup, a boat and cattle equipment for the farm were among some of his projects.
He enjoyed fishing and camping. He loved to travel and he and Lois were members of the Good Sams RV camping club. He was also a life member of the McCook Elks Lodge No. 1434.
He never forgot his passion for flying and became a true hobbyist in RC airplanes. He built a replica of a World War II B24 bomber to a scale of 1/12th the size of the real one and it is now on display at the World War II Museum at the Old Air Base here in McCook and received a plaque for that accomplishment.
He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Joe Wilhelm and Kenneth Sitzman.
Irvin is survived by his wife, Lois V. Wilcox of McCook; one daughter, Julie Karre and husband, Doug of McCook, two sons, Don Wilcox and wife, Lisa of Parks City, Mont,, and David Wilcox and wife, Doreen of Prescott, Wis.; grandchildren, Cheri Chapman and husband, Tom, Mandy Rowland, Emilynn Karre, Brian Peres and fiancee, Kim Engle, Cody Karre and wife, Janete, Amber Wilcox and fiancee, Nate Zito, Tony Wilcox and Nick Wilcox; great-grandchildren, Alec Karre, Chance Chapman, Aleighia Karre, Tyler Rowland, Brady Chapman, Aden Winder, Elania Karre and Elle Karre; four sisters, Irene Hamilton and husband, Dean of Rockford, Ill., Bernadine Harris and husband, Ed of Holdrege, Jean Terwilliger and husband, Jim of Rapid City, S.D., and Joan Peterson of Hasting; sisters-in-law, Marion Wilhelm of San Jose, Calif., and Georgene Sitzman of McCook; and relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, 10:30 a.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Jeffery Thurman officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook.
Memorials may be given in his name and friends may call Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook from Friday-Monday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m.
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.