Gordon Wicks


Gordon Wicks, 94, Rapid City, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Fountain Springs Health Care on Sat., Sept. 11, 2021. He was born at home on Jan. 9, 1927, to Harvey and Goldie Wicks on a farm northeast of Carpenter, S.D. He was the fourth of seven children.

Gordon met the love of his life, Betty Jane Neu, in 1951 at a dance in Carpenter. The two courted primarily through letter-writing while Betty was a nursing student at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls and Gordon was working on farms around Carpenter. They were married at West Bethany Church in Erwin, S.D., on June 1, 1952. Gordon never stopped declaring himself to be the luckiest man in the world for having found her. They had four children, all raised in Rapid City.

Betty survives her husband, as do their children: Renee (Dave) Parker, Todd (Cindy) Wicks, Rapid City, Tonya (Rich) Tuley of Parker, Colo.; son-in-law, Tony Lammers, Rapid City; sister, Ione Gamber, Dallas; brothers, Larry Wicks, Carpenter, S.D. and Milo (Lois) Wicks, Portland, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 16, at Atonement Lutheran Church.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 15, at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Atonement Lutheran Church.

Arrangements with Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, Rapid City.


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