Dallas Clyde Wicke

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dallas Clyde Wicke

Nov. 18, 1940 - April 16, 2017

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Dallas Clyde Wicke, 76, of Garden Grove, died April 16, 2017, in Long Beach, Calif.

Dallas was born Nov. 18, 1940, at the farm home in Ludell, Kan., to Earnest William and Edith (Wimer) Wicke.

He attended Atwood Community High School and graduated in 1958. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in Aerospace Engineering in 1962, and received his Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1968 from the University of Southern California. Dallas was elected to the honor societies Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau and Sigma Gamma Tau, and was a member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association.

From the time of his graduation from KU, until his retirement in 2001, Dallas was employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for 39 years. He was a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He held four patents for missile systems with innovative guidance and control techniques. His career included involvement in various launch vehicle and ballistic missile defense programs, including the Strategic Defense Initiative and National Missile Defense. Dallas is listed on the wall of honor at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Dallas was preceded in death by his father, Ernest, his mother Edith; and his sister, Delores J. Searls.

Left to mourn his loss are his sister, Jeannine C. Eisenach and her husband, Bob of McCook, Neb.; his brother, Ernest C. Wicke and his wife, Betty Jean of Ludell, Kan.; his sister, Kathy A. Humble and her husband, Darrel of The Woodlands, Texas; and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.

Dallas made his home in Southern California for 55 years and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his intelligence and clever wit. More than anything, he enjoyed the slopes of the mountains, competing at the top of his field in snow skiing. He was an active member of the United States Ski Association and participated yearly in downhill racing competitions. In 2016, he was thrilled to receive a bronze medal in the Gold Division at the NASTAR National Finals. Dallas' body was cremated and his ashes will be scattered among the mountains that he loved.

“My spirit I command to thee, And gladly hence betake me, Peaceful and calm my sleep shall be, No human voice can wake me. For Christ was with me through the strife, And he will bear me into life, And open heaven before me.”

Memorials may be given to: KU Endowment, The University of Kansas, Aerospace Engineering Dept., P.O. Box 928, Lawrence KS, 66044, www.kuendowment.org; USC Engineering Innovation Fund, University of Southern California, 1150 S. Olive Street, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA, 90025, www.giftcc@usc.edu