Mervin Dale Wickman
Mervin Dale Wickman, 71, of Britt passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 at Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt.
Funeral services for Mervin Wickman will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West, Britt, with Pastor William Rosin officiating. Burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Ewing Funeral Chapel, and will continue one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Sunday.
Mervin Dale Wickman was born November 7, 1944 to Ralph and Bertha (McQuown) Wickman in Whittemore, Iowa. Mervin graduated from Mallard High School.
Following high school, Mervin served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1969 and returned to Iowa.
Mervin worked for several years around the state in road construction. It was during that time that he met Konnie Kuepker, who was working in the office of the construction company in Sumner, Iowa.
Mervin and Konnie were married on March 8, 1980 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sumner and made their home in various communities in Iowa before settling in rural Britt in 1983 and the family later moved in to Britt around 1990. Mervin was Konnie’s care giver as she battled her health challenges, up until the time of her death in 1996.
Mervin was employed by Lauridsen Foods in Britt, which later became Armour and ConAgra, for more than 25 years until the plant closed. He later worked in security for one of the area windfarm companies for a short time.
Mervin was a member of First Lutheran Church in Britt, where he was baptized in 1985.
Mervin loved fishing and hunting. He enjoyed reading Tom Clancy novels and attending dirt track races in Britt and around the area. He was an avid San Diego Chargers and Iowa Hawkeyes fan and operated a sports cards store in Britt in the early 1990s. He also threw darts in a league in Britt and participated in Fantasy Football.
Mervin will be remembered for his strong work ethic, being self-less and putting others needs in front of his own and for his witty sense of humor.
Mervin is survived by his son Matthew (wife Sandra) Wickman and their daughter Emily of Britt; brothers Larry (wife Marvella) Wickman of Emmetsburg and John (wife Mary) Wickman of Center Point; sisters-in-law Kathie (husband Kim) Diemer of Hawkeye and Kristie (husband Mark) Reed of Sumner; along with numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mervin was preceded in death by his parents, wife Konnie in 1996, and brothers Jerry Wickman, Ralph Wickman, Jr., Darrel Wickman and Ron Wickman.