2017-03-30 / Obituaries

Christian ‘Chris’ Wickey

Christian “Chris” Wickey, 91, of Engadine, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at his home, surrounded by family.

He was born September 29, 1925, to August and Pauline (nee Miller) Wickey in Nappanee, Indiana.

Mr. Wickey finished the eighth grade prior to working on the family farm and other Amish farms. The family left the Amish church in the 1940s. As a young man, he left home, traveling to Florida and eventually northern Michigan. He met his wife, the former Anita Dwyer, while attending Bible school in Fairview. They were married June 23, 1951, in Curtis. Following their marriage, he was able to matriculate to Goshen College in Indiana, thereafter earning his teaching credentials and master’s degree.

The family lived in Goshen, Indiana, for two years, and then they moved to the Upper Peninsula, where he taught at the Pentland School for 10 years. Mr. Wickey then taught at Engadine Consolidated Schools, until he retired in the 1980s.

He is survived by two daughters and their families, Colleen and Michael Mason of Burke, Virginia, and Yvonne and Paul Gorton of Midland; a son and his family, Matthew and Lesa Wickey of Royal Oak, and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Virginia Dwyer of Engadine; six brothers and their families, William and Florence Wickey, Edwin and Martha Wickey, and Ervin and Phyllis Wickey, all of Burr Oak, John and Elsie Wickey of Plymouth, Joseph Wickey of Geneva, Indiana, and Paul Wickey of Ypsilanti, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at Wildwood Mennonite Church in Engadine with Pastor John Troyer officiating. A gathering was held at the church Tuesday, March 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Inurnment will be in Sandtown Cemetery in the spring.

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family with arrangements.

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