Richard H. Wickstrand

Richard H. Wickstrand

April 13, 1925 - November 11, 2010

Richard H. Wickstrand

April 13, 1925 - November 11, 2010


Richard Wickstrand was born April 13, 1925, and passed away on November 11th 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. His home for the major part of his life was Rockford, Illinois. He and his wife Audrey of 62 years moved to Oceanside Ca in 2009 to be closer to their family.

Family came first with Richard and he truly enjoyed the last year and a half being able to have spontaneous and frequent plans with them. He and his wife spent many winters in Palm Desert California, enjoying tennis with many friends at Deep Canyon Tennis Club. When they moved to their current address he renewed his passion for billiards with new friends at the Clubhouse.

Richard spent three years in the Navy. Upon returning he was employed by Factory Supplies Company of Rockford Illinois. After several promotions he eventually purchased the company, which he ran successfully for 45 years. His son Gregg joined him in 1976 after he graduated college. Richard retired in 1990 and his son Gregg successfully took over the business until 2000 when he and his family moved to Del Mar California after selling the business.

He was an extremely generous person and made many anonymous donations to several charitable organizations. His philosophy was ‘if you have been successful you should share with those in greater need.’ He continued to support many organizations throughout his life. Richard was predeceased by his son Dan Wickstrand; his parents Judy and Herb Wickstrand and his sister Lenora Carncross. He is survived by his wife Audrey of Oceanside CA; his son Gregg Wickstrand and wife Terri of Carlsbad, CA; grandson Matthew Wickstrand and wife Tenaya of San Marcos, CA; granddaughter Erin Bloom and husband Zvi, and great grandson Yosef Chaim, of Madison, WI; sister Marge Sudduth; nephew Herb Sudduth of Tucson, AZ; nephew Steve Carncross and wife Vicky of Naperville, IL; nephew Chuck Carncross and wife Maureen, of Germantown, TN.

Memorials may be sent to the Dan Wickstrand Foundation at Milestone Inc. 4060 McFarland Rd. Rockford, IL, 61111. This foundation was established several years ago at Milestone, an organization for developmentally disabled. This foundation serves approx. 350 clients, some of whom have no relatives to help them. It gives them birthday and Christmas gifts, as well as sponsors many enjoyable outings and special events.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held Wednesday November, 17, 2010 at 11:30 A.M. at the Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, California, 92081 with lunch following.

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4 responses to Richard H. Wickstrand

  1. Gregg, Terri & Family,

    Our deepest condolences in the loss of your father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather. Though we have not see Dick & Audrey in many years we know they cared so deeply for their family and it’s heartening to hear they were able to really enjoy the last few years in CA with you all. We wish you peace as you go through this difficult time. Steve & Dianne

  2. Although my family and I had the pleasure of knowing Dick for only the last couple of years due to Tenaya’s marriage to Matt, I found him to be a clever conversationalist and an immediate friend! He was amazingly intelligent, well read, and knowledgeable in so many areas that a dull moment never happened while he was around. Matt has had such terrific role models in his life, and his Grandpa Dick was likely one of the best ever.
    I extend my most heartfelt sympathies to all of Dick’s loved ones. No doubt he is in a wonderful place and being well rewarded for his life here.
    Michelle Erich

  3. Randa Noble says:

    Audrey and Family,
    We were shocked to learn of Dick’s homegoing. He was a true gentle-man with an extremely charitable heart. His generousity touched many lifes and helped hundreds of people. We are keeping you in our prayers as you adjust to life without your life’s partner.

  4. Gregg, Terri and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We know that your Dad and Mom, Gregg, have enjoyed living so near to you, enabling them to spend more quality time with loved ones. You all remain in our thoughts and prayers. Our Deepest Sympathy

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