Bob­bie Dean Whicker

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS -

Bob­bie Dean Whicker, 86, of Farm­ing­ton, Ark., died Feb. 27, 2016, at the Wil­lard Walker Hospice Home in Fayet­teville, Ark. He was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Mo­ravia, Iowa, the only child of Johnie Oral and Gla­dys Mae Robb Whicker.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. He mar­ried Mered­ith Ann Mackay on Aug. 11, 1958, in Cape Gi­rardeau, Mo. He re­tired from the John Deere Ot­tumwa Works in Ot­tumwa, Iowa, in 1984 af­ter 36 years of ser­vice. Dur­ing his ca­reer he worked in a va­ri­ety of roles from weld­ing to field test to in­dus­trial en­gi­neer­ing, and was one of the in­ven­tors of a patented for­age har­vester cut­ter­head.

He lived in Ot­tumwa be­fore mov­ing to Ridge Manor, Fla., in 2000 and to Farm­ing­ton in 2006. Through­out his life, he fo­cused on fam­ily, friends and fun. He en­joyed bowl­ing, golf­ing, duck hunt­ing, fish­ing, boat­ing, camp­ing and so­cial­iz­ing.

He was a life mem­ber of the BPO Elks Lodge #347, and a 50-year-plus mem­ber of O.B. Nelson Post #3 Amer­i­can Le­gion and the An­tiq­uity Ma­sonic Lodge # 252 A.F.&A.M. in Mo­ravia.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Mered­ith; and sons, Gary Whicker and wife Deborah of Fayet­teville, Dou­glas Whicker and wife Janene of West Des Moines, Iowa; and daugh­ter, Ch­eryl (Whicker) Haataja and hus­band Dave of Far­well, Mich.; his grand­chil­dren; and his sis­ter-in-law and her hus­band.

A Ma­sonic me­mo­rial ser­vice was held March 5, 2016, at Reece Fu­neral Home in Ot­tumwa, Iowa. Mil­i­tary ser­vices were con­ducted by Wal­ter B. Schafer Post #775 Veter­ans of For­eign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 Amer­i­can Le­gion.

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