John Henry Wickert
(1920 - 2013)

John Henry Wickert

United States of America
May 19, 1920

Texas, United States of America
February 12, 2013

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John Henry Wickert lived to the venerable age of 92. Born May 19, 1920 at Fort Bayard, New Mexico, John died February 12, 2013.

John Wickert was a world traveler who lived in and around Austin for much of his life. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of June ‘43 and served as a submariner in WWII’s Pacific Theater, first on the USS R1, then on the USS Cod. After completing graduate studies at the University of Pittsburg, John enjoyed a long career as an electrical engineer and retired from Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco in 1983.

John was a pie-in-the-sky dreamer. Many of his dreams came true, including marrying his childhood sweetheart, Barbara, who became his bride of 69 years. Among John’s friends and family, he was known as the guy who knew all the words to every song, the guy who would climb a tree to rescue a cat, and the guy to call if a rattle snake had gotten into your medicine cabinet. Pilot, sailor, boat builder, avid football fan, John always had a project. Faithful husband, loving father, and valued friend, he was “Juan in a Million.” Survivors include wife Barbara Wickert, daughter and son-in-law Gay and Terry Chapman, daughter Jeannie Cleveland, daughter and son-in-law Julie Wickert and Mike McIntosh, four grandchildren and their families, and many friends (although many have gone before).

Arrangements provided by Neptune Society. Donations in John Wickert’s memory may be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd, Ste. 100, Austin, TX 78759. A private memorial service will be held.

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John and his stories were absolutely unique. John, Dow Chapman and Tom Colley were the three musketeers at the Annandale. They could trade songs and stories long into the night. He was a man who had more dreams and ideas, whether it was a cement boat or a home on the Guadalupe or bloody marys at 11. It was always 5PM somewhere in the world. It was an honor and a pleasure to have know John. Memories of him will always bring a smile . He will be missed. Berf and Charlie Kreitler
Berf and Charlie Kreitler (Ranch friend)
March 4th, 2013
John, you were a great father-in-law. We shared a special bond though our mutual appreciation of the Great American Songbook. You were indeed the man who knew the words to all the tunes, and knew many tunes of which I'd never heard. As the family gathers today in your memory, I'll play that song on which you would always comment, "That's the fondest thing I'm of." You are missed.
Mike McIntosh (Son-in-law)
March 3rd, 2013
What a privilege to have had time and have such wonderful memories of my trio of Uncles Wickert. Each so distintly different but with an amazing sense of fun and talent for Fantastic storytelling! The sense of extended family that they and their families gave to my brothers & I was such a gift. Favorite memory of Uncle John was my tour through the Wanderbird during the "Christening Party" and passion in his voice as he discussed it. Sending love, hugs & prayers to Aunt Barb and my cousins. Marion
Marion Beasley (Niece)
March 1st, 2013
Julie...we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad...the few times we visited with him,and your Mom, when they were visiting you and your family,we learned very quickly why you are so proud of him....please accept our sincere condolences on your loss.
Mettie & toni Brown-Evans_ (acquaintance)
February 23rd, 2013
Uncle John was one of a kind, and I feel so priviliged to have known him. His calm insight, love of laughter and mischief, and enjoyment of life enriched all around him. Best wishes to all his family and loved ones.
Tim Beasley (nephew)
February 22nd, 2013
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"Uncle John will be dearly missed! He was a special guy who led an amazing life full of love and laughter. He was always so positive. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Barby, Gay, Jeannie and Julie. Love, Evelyn and John"
Evelyn Elshaw
February 23rd, 2013
"The passing of Uncle John fills me with emotion and my heart goes out to Aunt Barb, Gay, Jeannie, Julie and the family. What an impressive life! Hard to believe the trio of splendid Wickert Brothers has gone on to glory... "nothing gold can stay.""
Carol Wickert Bashore
February 22nd, 2013


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