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Wayne LaMar Wilcox - Class Of 1957 VIEW PROFILE

Wayne LaMar Wilcox

Central 1957 Wayne Wilcox

Wayne "Willy" Wilcox, age 79, of Three Rivers, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones.  
He was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Three Rivers, a son of the late Wayne and Thelma (Swartz) Wilcox. 
Wayne graduated from South Bend Central, class of 1957, then returned to make Three Rivers his home. Wayne later retired from American Electric Power as a meter technician. 
Wayne was full of loyalty and dedication to his family, friends and community. He had a selfless heart and loved to help those in need; he truly lived a life of service! He was a pillar of Fabius Park Fire Department Station 3, where he served as captain. Wayne was an active fireman at Station 3 for more than 50 years. He also served on the St. Joseph County Dive Rescue team and Mounted Division for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, Wayne received many awards, but none were more important to him than the respect and admiration of his fellow first responders. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, teach a "newcomer" and was a mentor to all. He was always available at a moment's notice. Wayne's legacy will forever be a part of Station 3. 
When not responding to the call of duty, Wayne enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, riding ATVs and spending time with friends over morning coffee. 
Above all, Wayne loved his family. He was as dedicated to them as he was to our community and leaves behind many wonderful memories of a life well-lived. 
He is survived by three sons, Wayne (Heather), Douglas and Kenneth (Laurie) Wilcox; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and countless friends. 
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene, 1221 Coon Hollow Road, Three Rivers. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the Three Rivers High School auditorium. Interment will be held at Lower Flatbush Cemetery. A celebration of his life will follow at the Three Rivers High School cafeteria. 
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Fabius Park Fire Association, c/o Hohner Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

Published in Sturgis Journal on Feb. 15, 2018

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