July 5th, 1933 - January 25th, 2018
Frank Wicker retired in 1997 from the news department of WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee WI after 40 years with the company.
He always considered broadcast news a form of teaching. Of his various duties, he enjoyed most being “on the street” as a photojournalist. He had a special affinity for fire departments and made it a point to understand their operations so he could film them with the most accuracy possible. He also had vivid memories of filming the 1967 racial disturbances in Milwaukee.
During the last four decades, he enjoyed portraying a soldier of the American Revolutionary War. He felt participating in the encampments of the North West Territory Alliance were his way of honoring those who fought to found this country, and those who fought to preserve it over the years.
At about the same time he became interested in genealogy and began collecting information from wherever and whomever possible about his family’s ancestors and relatives. He was a member of The Society of Stukely Westcott Descendants in America, The Wisconsin State Historical Society, and the Wisconsin Genealogical Society. He also was a member of the North West Territory Alliance, Iowa State Alumni Association, and Alpha Phi Omega. And in his earlier years, he had been active the Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the American Red Cross, serving with its First Aid Corps and the local Disaster Relief service.
He received his Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm in 1950 while a member of former Boy Scout Troop 88 of Stratford WI. He participated in the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge PA that same year.
Frank was born 5 July 1933 in Ames Iowa, the son of Harold E. and Martha Wicker. He and his parents moved to Stratford Wisconsin in 1935, and he graduated from Stratford High School in 1951. He received his Bachelor of Science in telecommunications from Iowa State College in Ames IA in 1955. On 8 June 1963, he married the former Judith M. Cook, daughter of Robert M. and Doris M. Cook.
He has survived his daughter, Wendy (Kelvin) Royce, of Beloit WI; and his nieces Monica Cook of Beloit, WI, Sue (Bob) Carbine of West Bend, and Ginny (Terry) Stegemiller of Grants Pass, OR. He was predeceased by his wife, Judy, and his parents, Martha and Harold Wicker.
There will be a memorial gathering at Faith Community Church in Franklin, WI February 10, 2018, from 11 – 4.
Interment will be in the Colby WI Memorial Park.