Donald “Don” Wickizer, 82 of Loup City, NE died Monday, November 23, 2020 at CHI Health, Good Samaritan in Kearney, NE. Celebration of Life Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 27, 2020 at the Loup City Community Building with Janelle Mostek presiding. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City with military honors by the Loup City American Legion Post #48. Visitation will be one hour before service. Face masks are required and all social distancing guidelines will be followed. The service will be live streamed through the Higgins Funeral Home Facebook page. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Children’s Home, Loup City Volunteer Fire Department, Loup City Rescue Squad or donor’s choice.
Donald L. Wickizer was born May 27, 1938 at Max, NE to Ernest and Ardell (Stone) Wickizer. He grew up and attended school in Stratton, NE. On February 2, 1956 he entered the United States Navy. He traveled on the USS Tioga County 1158 throughout the world; including Hawaii, Philippines and Japan. On May 25, 1959 Don was honorably discharged from the Navy. On September 21, 1961 he married Ruth Barnes in Sequin, TX. They had two children, Susie and Donna. They lived in San Antonio, Texas until 1961 when they moved to Trenton, NE. In 1969 they moved to Loup City, NE where he spent the rest of his life. Don worked for over 20 years for the Eaton Corporation in Kearney. He was a proud member of the Loup City Fire Department for over 20 years. Don was always thinking of others and helping folks out with food, time and whatever they might need. He was well known for sitting on the front porch and waving or razzing friends as they walked or drove by. Don loved his family, especially his grandkids and great grandkids. He buried many friends and family and he will be happily reunited with them.
Don is survived by his wife, Ruth of Loup City, NE; daughters and sons-in-law, Susie (Jay) Edwards of Columbus, NE; Donna (Mike) Schaub of Gibbon, NE; grandchildren, Zack (Jennifer) Edwards of Elwood, NE; Brian Schaub (Kortni Burnett) of Bayard, NE; Michael (Chelsea) Schaub of Whitman, NE; Jaden Schaub and Fiancé, Michael Smedra of Kearney, NE; great grandchildren, Connor Edwards, Hailey Edwards, Emily Edwards of Elwood, NE and Regan Schaub of Whitman, NE; brother, Jack (Julie) Wickizer of Hooper, NE and several nieces and nephews.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ardell; siblings, Bob Wickizer, Doris Cleveland, Shirley Cassidy, Alice Tosatto and Carol (Mac) Boon.
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