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Thomas Neil Wicker

August 3, 1951 ~ February 5, 2022 (age 70)

Obituary

Thomas Neil Wicker died on Saturday, Feb. 5th, 2022 at his residence in Elko, Nevada, from complications of pneumonia. He was 70 years old. 

Tom was born on August 3rd, 1951 in De Queen , Arkansas, the second son of Neil and Dorothy Wicker. His family moved to Douglas County, Oregon in August of 1952 when he was not quite a year old. 

Tom grew up in several towns in southwest Oregon: Roseburg, Winston, Oakland, Gold Beach, Coquille, and Riddle. He graduated from Douglas High School in June 1970, and earned credits from Umpqua Community College. While at Douglas, he competed in track and field. In 1971 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Thomas served in duty stations that included Okinawa. He rose to the rank of Lance Corporal while in the Corps. 

Tom moved to Nevada after his time in the Corps, and spent time in the Las Vegas area before moving to Elko in the 1980's. During his years in Elko, he worked in commercial cleaning services and operated a car-detailing business. He loved exploring old gold mines in the Elko area and prospecting for gold with his own equipment.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother Stephen and sister-in-law Rita, of Roseburg. 

IN keeping with his long-held wishes, no services will be held. Disposition was by cremation conducted by Burns Funeral Home of Elko. Any memorials may be made to Saving Grace Animal Shelter of Roseburg. 

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