Photo above is my Great Great Grandfather, Civil War Veteran, Company C, First Kentucky Cavalry, U.S.
Mom and Dad had antecedents on both sides of that bloody conflict. Counties were split, towns were split, and families were split. It was never as simple as being the north versus the south.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Entry for June 25, 2008
Kenneth Robert Wichman, rest in peace.
I was doing some research on Lake Zurich, Illinois today and ran across Kenny’s death notice on the Enid, Oklahoma News website, which coincidently posted it just today. I then went to the site of the Anderson-Burris Funeral Chapel and verified the bad news, Ken passed away just two days ago, on June 23, 2008.
Ken Wichman was six years younger than I was; I used to date his older sister, Denise, in the very early 1970’s. He had a great personality and was always gregarious. The last time I saw him was about sixteen years ago when he was doing some work for Z&E Automotive in Lake Zurich. I am very sad to hear of his passing.
Since the links to obituaries and death notices often are purged, or archived as “for pay,” I am also going to copy the information about Kenny to this entry, in the hope that friends and former classmates (LZHS Class of 1976) can someday find it.
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FROM THE ENID, OKLAHOMA NEWS WEBSITE:
Kenneth Robert Wichman
Enid, OK — A memorial service for Kenneth Robert Wichman, 50, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Richard Dunn will officiate. Cremation arrangements are by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory. He was born March 7, 1958, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to Robert and Diane Jean Delord Wichman and died Monday, June 23, 2008, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
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FROM THE ANDERSON-BURRIS FUNERAL CHAPEL WEBSITE
A Memorial Service for Kenneth Robert Wichman, age 50, will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 26, 2008, at the Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Richard Dunn officiating. Cremation arrangements are by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory.
Kenneth was born to Robert and Diane Jean (Delord) Wichman on March 7, 1958, in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and died Monday, June 23, 2008, at Integris Bass Baptist Hospital in Enid.
He grew up In Lake Zurich, Illinois. He graduated from Lake Zurich High School, where he was involved in athletics. He was a goaltender for the high school hockey team. After graduation, he attended trade school. He worked as a Master Mechanic for Mercedes Benz. In 1991, he moved to Arkansas, and then to Enid in 2007. He was employed at Advance Foods in the Maintenance Department.
Kenneth is survived by his stepfather, James Francis Martin of Marengo, Illinois; one brother Mark Wichman of Flanagan, Illinois; four sisters, Denise Erickson of Sun City, Arizona, Melissa Crotty of Sandwich, Illinois, Rebecca Autry of Mesa, Arizona, and Jamie Kashmere of Cary, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, mother, and father.