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Former Cozad Resident: Charles Wilcox, age 82 (1930-2013)


Charles Eugene Wilcox, 82, better known as “Chick” died on February 1st, 2013, at the hospital in Portland, Oregon, of a stroke.

Charles was born on February 3rd, 1930, in Cozad, Nebraska, to Glen and Hazel (Post) Wilcox.

Before entering the Army in 1950 where he served in the Korean War, he worked for farmers in Cozad. On November 10th, 1949, he married Eugena Cross and to this union one daughter, Teri Marie, was born. He worked for the Portland, Oregon, Water Bureau for 15 years until transferring to Oak Grove Water Bureau where he served as manager until retirement.

On September 26, 1985, he married Ginny Zakur and lived in an A-frame cabin he built in Wamie, Oregon.

Charles enjoyed many hobbies and interests, including his life-long collection and restoration of John Deere tractors, which he proudly displayed in local parades and other events. Additionally, working with his hands, he constructed the trailer that was used by many organizations such as a Family Fun Day platform, Rendezvous Parades and the trailer booth that was seen at many events, a ticket booth for Family Fun Day, Memorial Day raffles, American Legion and ice cream and popcorn vending.

He and his wife Ginny greatly enjoyed their many community turkey feasts that were often held at their home with almost everyone looking forward to those nifty gatherings. He was most happy with people...people he could spend quality time with...people he loved and cherished.?He was a very quiet, mild mannered man who just enjoyed life to the fullest.

Charles was preceded in death by his father, mother and a stepfather, Togo Nakano; two sisters, Ella Ione (Fleming) Wilcox and Deloris Irene (Miller) Wilcox; two brothers, Fred Junior and Welman (Bud) Lloyd Wilcox.

Survivors are one daughter, Teri Aladaya of Oregon; two sisters, Donna May (Hayes) Wilcox of Kearney, Nebraska; Glenda Marie and husband John Trausch of Roseland, Nebraska and one brother, Jim and wife Penny Wilcox of Gurley, Nebraska along with four grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Thank you for your memories, Charles, we all miss you and will always hold dear your sharing love to others.

There will be graveside services held Saturday, July 6th at 10 a.m. at the Cozad Cemetery.

 




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