LuVerne Wicks, 91, of Ames and formerly of McCallsburg, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at Green Hills Care Center in Ames, Iowa. He was surrounded by his loving family. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastor David Burling officiating. Burial will follow in the Roland Cemetery in Roland.
LuVerne was born in Hamilton County on March 4, 1926, to Lars and Anna Mae (Olson) Wicks. He grew up around Roland/Randall and attended country school in rural Roland. After school LuVerne began farming with his family. In 1945 he joined the Army and served abroad during the Korean Conflict. After the war he returned home to Iowa. In 1946 his brother took him to a basketball game where he saw a young Mary Morris playing. He later ask her for a date and she said yes. On Feb. 28, 1948, the couple was united in marriage in Ames. The couple lived in the Ames area until 1964 when they moved to a farm west of McCallsburg. LuVerne and Mary farmed that land until he retired from farming in 1987. The couple moved off of the farm and to Story City in 2012.
Over the years LuVerne was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Roland, Bethany Lutheran Church in McCallsburg, and Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada. He was also a member of the McCallsburg American Legion Post #334.
LuVerne’s passion in life was farming. He also enjoyed: mowing and keeping his yard pristine, spending time with his family, traveling with Mary, telling jokes, and having coffee with his buddies.
Those left to cherish his loving memory are his wife of 69 years Mary Wicks; daughters Dee (Gene) Johnson and Beth (Jeff) Lott; grandchildren Shawn (Anne) Johnson, Eric (Jen) Johnson and Aaron (Katie) Lott; great-grandchildren Connor, Quinn, Sophia, Ava, Henry, Avery and Brynn; sisters Amy Swenson and Marie Baarson; brothers Lamonte Wicks and Bob (Marelyn) Wicks; brother-in-law Dan (Linda) Morris; sisters-in-law Betty Morris and Ann Wicks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Marijo Hansen; sisters Esther Wicks, Marjorie Eide and Charlotte Meimann; brother Henry Wicks; brother-in-laws Si Swenson, Paul Baarson, Ken Eide, Jerry Morris and Gerald Meimann.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, Iowa
Fredregill Funeral Home in Zearing has been entrusted with the care of LuVerne and his family.