Alfred L. Wilcox, age 74, of Chillicothe, IL, formerly of Aledo, IL passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Heritage Health Nursing Home in Chillicothe, IL. Services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial is in the Aledo Cemetery where Military Rites will be conducted. Visitation is one hour prior to services at Fippinger's where memorials may be left to the Mercer County Animal Shelter or VFW Post 1571. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
He was born May 12, 1942 in Buffalo, Iowa to Chester and Vivian (Spencer) Wilcox. He was a graduate of Alleman High School in Rock Island. He married Judith Kay Scheff on June 16, 1962. They were married for 23 years. On November 28, 1987, he married Kimberly Sue Gerber of Aledo, IL. They were married for 22 years until Kim’s passing on February 15, 2010 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Alfred was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1960-1968 stationed in Kansas, Okinawa, and Texas. He was later employed as an inspector for J.I. Case Company in Rock Island, IL until its closing in 1988. He was employed by Reason’s Locker in Buffalo Prairie for two years before joining Gett Industries in Milan, IL in 1991. He retired from Gett Industries December 23, 2005.
One of Alfred’s greatest passions was owning and operating Whippoorwill Gallery in Aledo, IL for fifteen years with his wife, Kim. Alfred was a gifted artist specializing in oil paintings and framing and Kim managed the daily operations of the gallery. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, antiquing with Kim, and remodeling their home.
Survivors include one son: Doug (Dawn) Wilcox of Jackson, WI; one daughter: Keri (Mike) Rickey of Dunlap, IL, 3 grandchildren: Jacob Rickey of St. Louis, MO; Steven Rickey of Peoria, IL; and Jordan (Deva) Murphy of Wauwatosa, WI; and one great-granddaughter, Aubrey Murphy; 4 sisters: Shirley Frye of Hemet, CA, Karen (Roger) Wolf of Salina, KS, Betty “Jeannie” Wilcox of Moline, IL and Crystal (Jeff) Dark of Jacksonville, IL; one brother, Richard Spencer of Jacksonville, IL; sister-in-law, Connie Wilcox of Hampton, IL; brother in-law, Kent (Connie) Gerber of Aledo, IL; mother-in-law, Verna Gerber of Aledo, IL; several nieces and nephews.
His parents; wife, Kim; a sister, Donna Fernell; two brothers, Chester “Chet” and Ivan Wilcox; father-in-law, Henry “Mike” Gerber preceded him in death.
Mercer County Animal Control Shelter
1638 State Hwy 17, Aledo IL 61231
Mercer County VFW Post 1571
106 SW 3rd Avenue, Aledo IL 61231