Delvern L. Wicklander, 77, passed away April 2nd at home, surrounded by family, in Fort Worth, Texas after battling multiple myeloma for years.
Del was born in 1941 in Roseau, Minnesota to Elmer and Berniece Wicklander. The family relocated to the Puget Sound area of Washington State where Del graduated from Shoreline High School, Shoreline, Washington. Following graduation he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. In nearby Boblingen, Germany he met his first wife, Ingeborg (Inge) and they were married in 1963. After his discharge from the Army, they settled in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. In 1964 they welcomed their daughter, Joanne.
Del’s first wife Inge passed away from cancer in 1976. In 1977 he met his current wife, Ginger. It was love at first sight and they married in May that same year. The family grew to six with the addition of Ginger’s three sons Robert, Corey, and Aaron from her previous marriage. The family relocated to Olalla, Washington where they resided for 20 years. Once they became empty nesters Del and Ginger decided to downsize and moved to a smaller home in Poulsbo, Washington for 10 years.
Del had successful careers with Bethlehem Steel (later becoming Seattle Steel) for almost thirty years and over ten years at The Boeing Company in Everett, Washington. Retirement lacked the challenge Del was use to so he initially went to work for Home Depot in Silverdale and then Poulsbo, Washington where he was able to share his handyman knowledge with all those in need. Del and Ginger eventually moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he retired in 2009.
Del was devoted to his family, friends, his love of refereeing soccer (at various levels), umpiring (softball and baseball) games, coaching his daughter’s softball team and his sons SKS Little League teams. He was always present to support his wife and children in their various soccer, softball, baseball, basketball and football teams. His favorite professional sports teams were always the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners and Seattle Sounders even after moving to Texas. One of his biggest thrills was viewing the Seahawks win the Super Bowl. Outside of participating and supporting the various sports teams, Del enjoyed camping, fishing, water skiing, bungee jumping, projection rides, thrilling water slides at Disney World and Great Wolf Lodge and snorkeling in various waters in the Caribbean and Maui with family and friends either participating or crossing their fingers and saying prayers for his safety. He truly lived a full and eventful Life!
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Ginger; daughter, Joanne Walker and her husband, Marty; son, Robert Johnson; son, Corey Johnson; son, Aaron Johnson and his wife, Teri; brother, Gordon Wicklander; sisters, Beverly Nelson and Suzann Munsch; five grandchildren, Tim and Katie Garcia, Lindsay, Blayne and Addison Johnson; two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Del was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Berniece; brother Jerry; sister Lynn Block; and his first wife Inge.
The family would like to thank doctors, nurses and staff at Choice Cancer Care, Alliance Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital and Community Hospice of Texas.