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Richard Wilcox

October 14, 1947 — December 19, 2015

Richard "Rick" Weldon Wilcox passed away December 19, 2015 peacefully at home with his family by his side and under the care of Lakeland Hospice. He was born on October 14, 1947 in Fergus Falls, MN to Lester and Carolee (Ditzler) Wilcox. He attended country school in rural Erhard, MN and then attended and graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1965. He earned his AA degree from Fergus Falls Community College. He then enlisted in the US Army where he trained in Washington, Georgia, and California and was stationed in Vietnam for nineteen months.

On May 28, 1972 he was united in marriage to Peggy Swanson. They resided in West Palm Beach, FL for two years and moved back to Dent in 1975 where they were blessed with two children, Richard Jon and Alana Marie. They purchased land on Dead Lake from Peggy's parents in 1977 and Rick built the family home. Throughout the years he worked for multiple construction companies until 1990 when he went on his own and started Wilcox Construction. Rick retired from carpentry in 2009 and began working for Walmart where he retired June 30, 2015. One of his greatest joys in life was watching his kids and grandkids enjoy the lake, whether it was fishing, swimming, pontoon rides, or relaxing around a family bonfire.

Rick is survived by his wife of 43 years, Peggy of Dent, MN; two children, Richard J. Wilcox of Suffolk, VA and Alana (Chad) VanWatermulen of Perham, MN; grandchildren, Brandon, Isaac and Emily VanWatermulen and Jacob and Rachel Wilcox; his siblings, Charles (Barbara) Wilcox of Shoemakersville, PA, Carol (John) Koepcke of Erhard, MN, Lowell (Doris) Wilcox of Richville, MN, Ardyce (Dennis) Purdy of Orient, OH and Ellen (Curt) Lodin of Dent, MN; sisters-in-law, Else Swanson of Green Acres, FL, Joyce Meyer of Dent, MN, Leona Swanson of Fergus Falls, MN and Trudy Swanson Schreier of Perham, MN; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lester and Carolee; his father and mother-in-law, Arvid and Marie Swanson; and brothers-in-law, James Doyle, Lyle Swanson, Murray Meyer, William Swanson, Jerald Swanson and Keith Swanson.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Dent United Methodist Church. Visitation will resume on Wednesday, December 23 beginning at 1:00 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Dent.

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