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“Sorry for your loss. He was a great man and enjoyed visiting with him in Florida, Morrison and Wisconsin. He will be dearly missed. ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Jim & Beverly Hufman - Morrison, IL

“Our deepest sympathy. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: John and Gail Reichling - WI

“Carol and children. So sorry for your loss. I remember working with Harold at GE. My deepest sympathy ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Lana Nugent - Morrison, IL

“We are so very saddened to learn of Harold's passing. Prayer's for all of the family. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Jerry and MaryEllen Brackemyer - IN

“Sorry for your lose, he now is pain free. We are not able to be at the Memorial service but will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.Jean ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Bob & Jean KEOUGH - ARGYLE, WI

“Sorry to hear of Harold's death and extend Sympathy to all of his Family and Carol! ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Harvey Heusinkveld - The Villages, FL

“I was so sorry to hear Harold had passed away. My thoughts and prayers go to Carol and his family.He was a wonderful neighbor and friend in Florida....Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Diane Searcy - Okeechobee, FL

“My sympathy to all. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Bob Reichling - Darlington, WI

“My Deepest Sympathy to the Wickler family and Carol. He was the most fun loving , generous man and he loved his family deeply. He will be greatly...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Laura Williams - Chippewa Falls, WI

“Thoughts, and prayers to you Carol and family during this difficult time. In reading Harold's obituary I learned that he worked with my uncle John...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Julie Lewis - Morrison, IL

“Harold was such a great guy. We will miss seeing him on his bike, enjoying a drink with us, and all the conversations we had. Our prayers are with...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Larry & Sue Kime - Virden, IL

“Our Deepest Sympathy to the Wickler family. He showed his bravery and commitment to beating this and not many would have fought this as long as he...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Scott & Deb Wallick - Lake Mills, WI

“Our sympathy to Harold's family and Carol. Jim worked with Harold at G.E. and knew him for many years. He was a great guy. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: james and mary poulter - IL

“So sorry for your loss, many good times spent when we all were younger raising our families and spending time bowling & great parties. ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: George & Kathy Poffenberger - WI

“Have very fond memories of fun with the Wickler family going way back to when the kids were small. Our deepest sympathy to Carol, Deanne, Philip and...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: John and Arlene Dickey - Morrison

“Our Love and prayers. ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Norma and Dean Meier - Hooppole, IL

“With Deepest Sympathy, Kari ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Kari Horack

“We are so sorry for your loss. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: John R BLAND - MORRISON, IL

“So sorry for your Loss Harold was a great man! Loved working under him! Prayers to the Family! ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Judy White - Rock Falls, IL

“Carol, I am so sorry to read about Harold. You are in my thoughts and prayers as well as both families. Memories last forever and I'm sure you have...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy vanOosten - Hendersonville, NC

“Harold was always an upbeat person who so loved his family. I had cut the families hair for years! Lots of great memories. May he Rest In Peace and...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Charla Olson - Morrison, IL


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Harold L. Wickler, age 71, of Morrison, IL passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. He was born on May 4, 1945 in Platteville, Wisconsin to Myles and Margaret (Keough) Wickler. His formative years were filled with his love of competitive go-cart racing and working at the family Texaco gas station from the 8th grade through college. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he graduated in 1967. He moved to Morrison that year to work at General Electric as part of the Financial Management Program where he worked for 34 years in both the finance and employee relations departments. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 during the Vietnam era and served until 1970 when he was honorably discharged and returned to Morrison and his career at GE. Harold and his first wife Kathy raised two children, Deanne and Philip during their time in Morrison. He was very active in his children's activities, serving as Little League Player Agent, and leader for Cub Scouts and YMCA Indian Princesses. He also served on the GE Credit Union Board for several years.

Harold was truly in his element while at his cabin in the woods, "Harold's Hilton", located near LaFarge, Wisconsin, and built with his brother Jim in 1987. He developed great friendships in the LaFarge area, including the Amish community.

For the past 23 years, Harold received enormous joy from his relationship with caring partner, Carol Planthaber. After their retirement, they enjoyed spending time with family and friends while they split their time between "Harold's Hilton", Morrison, and winters at their home in Okeechobee, Florida. The number of 'winter' months in FL increased yearly as they had a lot of dear friends to enjoy sunshine with.

Harold had a lifetime passion of sports. Car racing was one of his favorites-starting with racing go-carts, progressing to Indy Car races at Elkhart Lake with 'the boys', a visit to Daytona Speedway, and rarely missing a race on TV. Harold was always an avid Badgers and Packers fan. One of his favorite sports weekends was with Carol and his kids – spending Saturday tailgating in Madison, watching the Badgers at Camp Randall and spending Sunday at Lambeau watching the Packers. His grandsons have inherited his sports gene.

Survivors include his partner Carol; a daughter, Deanne (Chris) Everson of Lake Mills, Wisconsin; a son, Philip (Michele) Wickler of Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren, Kaci and Luke Everson and Nicholas and Natalie Wickler; brothers John, Jim (Marleen) and Charles (Cathy) of Waukesha, Wisconsin and a sister, Rosemary of Platteville, Wisconsin, 7 nephews, a niece, and their families; along with Carol's loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myles and Margaret Wickler, an infant daughter, Stacy Lynn, and sister-in-law Marlene Wickler.

In lieu of formal services, a celebration of Harold's life will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Forest Inn in Morrison, IL. Family and friends are invited to help us remember an amazing brother, father, partner & friend during the hours of 11:00am-3:00pm. A donation will be made in his honor to his favorite charity, the V Foundation for Cancer Research. "Don't ever give up!"

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the extraordinary care Harold received from Dr. Alikhan, Lisa and Missy, the loving and caring nurses and CNA's at CGH, and the Rock River Valley Hospice team.