Published: Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Raymond Weldon “Ray” Wickham was born Jan. 10, 1949, in Wagner, S.D., to Ward and Ethel (Simmons) Wickham, long time residents of Custer, S.D. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era from 1966 until his honorable discharge in 1969. Ray was caregiver for his father, Ward, until he died in 2002 and his mother, Ethel, making sure she made it to family gatherings, bingo and casinos.
Ray died June 1, 2013, at his home in Custer. He was 64.
He was preceded in death by his father; as well as brothers, Douglas Allan (2000) and Delbert (2010).
Ray is survived by his daughter, AmyRenee Wickham; mother, Ethel of Rapid City, S.D.; sister, Irene (Gary) Wenzel of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; brother, Chandler ‘Chan’ Wickham of Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends and extended family who will miss his laughing and generous nature.
Graveside services were June 5 at Custer Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the Kenneth Kuper VFW Post No. 3442, where he was a life member of the 117th AHCVA, the D.A.V., and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Memorial donations may be made to the Custer VFW Post 3442.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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