Dan D. Wicks: 1961-2013
Daniel Dean Wicks, 51, Red Owl, S.D., passed away July 24, 2013, at home surrounded by his family and friends after a three year battle with Lou Gehrigs.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial followed at the Pleasant View Cemetery near Red Owl.
A memorial has been established.
Dan was born Oct. 16, 1961, to Ray and Florence (Kari) Wicks. He grew up at Red Owl and attended grade school at Red Owl and Enning. He attended one year of high school in Sturgis and graduated from Faith High School in 1979, where he participated in rodeo – riding bulls. He became a jack-of-all-trades helping at the Red Owl Garage, calving, lambing and driving truck for Ron Howie and Anders Trucking. He traveled to Oklahoma to work and met the love of his life, Amy Holman.
Dan and Amy were married Sept. 30, 1989, and they made their home on the family ranch at Red Owl. To this union Dan was blessed with two daughters, Emily Paige and Abigail Sage.
For all who knew Dan, these words best describe him; loyal, dedicated, loving, willing, faithful, fun-loving, quick-witted, fiery, caring, hard-working, and a friend who could be counted on no matter what. True to his red hair, he was known to be a little hot tempered. But beneath his rough exterior, he had a big, soft heart that will be missed by all who knew him.
Ranching was Dan’s chosen profession. He worked hard and loved every minute caring for his livestock. He was a dedicated volunteer firefighter and served as director for the Marcus Fire Department for 11 years.
He leaves behind his wife, Amy Wicks, Red Owl; two daughters, Emily (Thane) Escott and Abigail Wicks, Red Owl; son Chris (Kellie) Herman, Box Elder; grandson, Conor; granddaughter, Teighlor; two brothers, Andy Wicks, Sturgis, Zane (MaryJo) Wicks, Richardton, N.D.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Florence Wicks and father-in-law, Wayne Holman.