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Wayne L Wilcox

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Wayne L Wilcox
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Wayne L Wilcox

February 12, 2018

Service Details

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 16, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene, 1221 Coon Hollow Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Three Rivers High School Auditorium beginning at 11:00AM. Interment will be held at Lower Flatbush Cemetery.

         
                                   

Obituary Notice
Wayne “Willy” Wilcox, age 79, of Three Rivers, MI passed away at his home surrounded by his loved one on Monday, February 12, 2018.  He was born in Three Rivers on September 18, 1938, the son of the late Wayne and Thelma (Swartz) Wilcox. Wayne graduated from South Bend Central Class of 1957 and then returned to make Three Rivers his home. Wayne would later retire 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 the 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 would receive many awards but none were more important to him then the respect and admiration of his fell 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 ATV’s 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. 

                                                                                 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to the Fabius Park Fire Association, c/o the funeral home.                         

 


James “Jim” Lemuel Bippus of Three Rivers, 85, passed away in his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Jim had recently been admitted to Borgess Hospital due to complications related to kidney dialysis. When treatments became unsuccessful he determined he would leave this world on his own terms and in his own way. He was an ordinary man that lived an extraordinary life.

Jim was born in Bucyrus, Ohio on September 14, 1932, the youngest child of the late James and Blanch Bippus. When he was seven, his father died and Jim and his five sisters were then raised alone by Blanch, a resilient and strong woman who devoted her life to serving in the Salvation Army.

Jim enlisted into the United States Army. During his service, he earned The National Service Defense Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in September of 1955.

Jim attended Ohio State University taking advantage of the G.I. Bill and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. During a six month internship at Essex Wire in Fort Wayne, Jim met and fell in love with Vera H. Mohre; they married in 1958. Jim became employed full time at Essex and took a transfer to Three Rivers, with Vera, and his now six children in tow.

The Essex position didn’t work out the way Jim had imagined, so he quit. After a few months of soul searching he saw the for rent sign in the closed Standard Service Station on Michigan Avenue. So Jim took the test to become a certified mechanic and passed it easily with no formal training. He and Vera opened the station and people started coming.

In 1987 he purchased what would become the Bippus Shell Station on the corner of 131 and Michigan Avenue. Many in the community came to know him for his trustworthy service in auto repair. But more than that, people admired the Bippus family: Vera at the cash register and their children pumping gas, helping to fix cars, or doing inventory on New Year’s Day. In 1997 the station was renovated and instead of offering car repair, now had a restaurant called Vera’s, another sign of Jim’s great love for his wife. Over the years Jim’s business became a cornerstone of the community: a place people met for coffee or lunch and were greeted with warmth and hospitality.

In 2012 Jim and Vera were voted Three River’s Citizens of the Year by the Lion’s Club for their many contributions to the town. Jim made doughnuts on Sunday mornings for the Immaculate Conception Church, read to children at Andrews School, mentored a young student, participated in the County Infrastructure Committee, collected turtles for the Lion’s Club Turtle Derby, and taught auto shop to adults. With his snow plow he kept the Immaculate Conception Church and the Lion’s Club parking lot plowed for free, and also routinely plowed out driveways for others.

Jim was a great lover of classical music. He enjoyed reading books by Thomas Clancy, John Grisham, and James Patterson. He also was a great fan of The Wall Street Journal. Jim loved to play cards and was part of a monthly poker group that met for over 30 years. He and Vera also played in a weekly bridge group for about the same number of years. Equally remarkable, Jim and Vera hosted weekly Sunday dinners for family members and anyone else that wanted to stop by. New people in town were warmly welcomed to the table.


Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

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6 comments on article "Wayne L Wilcox"

Ted and Sue Hicks

We are so sad to lose such a wonderful person. We are praying for you boys during this difficult time. He was a great friend and will be missed so much.


David and Sue Norton

Our sympathies to the family. It was a great honor serving with him on the Fire Department. He taught me so much about being a firefighter.


Christopher Hirsch

So sad to see such a dedicated man leave us! Working with willy on the county dive team and fire department was such a honor! Will always remember how much of a jokester Willy was, sucking a snake in Jim’s bunker pants as he knew Jim was scared of snakes. We will miss you greatly Willy RIP BROTHER


The Cooley Family

Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Appreciated his willingness to offer a helping hand. He will certainly be missed by all.


Jesse Toney & family

To the whole Wilcox clan, please accept our condolences on your loss. Willy's years of public service with Station 3 and the St. Joseph Co. Dive Team was felt by all. His leadership / mentoring and friendship will be missed. He lead by example and would not ask anyone to do something he would not do himself, including going out on very thin ice once in a while...I will think of him often, especially when Shella is giving me an ear-full at Dad's Place.


Bob & Kitty Gearhart

Ken: we are thinking of you at this difficult time. It's so hard to lose a loved one but you had so many wonderful memories with your dad that will never be forgotten. Love you

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