Robert Carl Wickum, 81, of Bismarck, passed away August 17, 2018. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Bob was born in Dickinson, ND, on October 12, 1936 to Carl and Marjorie (Tollefson) Wickum. He was a graduate of Dickinson State University as well as an enthusiastic and respected coach there. He also proudly served his country in the Navy.
Bob married and cherished his beautiful true love, Jacque Rae Lawyer, on January 11, 1960. Through their happy years they had four children: Wes, Rick, Kim, and Rebecca. Together they struggled with the loss of their daughter Kim when she was a small child. Together they overcame their sorrow and continued raising their three children who are doing well today. They have eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bob worked for Proctor & Gamble as a sales representative and was Sales Rep of the year multiple times. He was successful and accomplished things that most people could not do. He was a great provider for his wife and family in many areas, and supported his children in all of their sports activities by being their biggest fan. He continued his love of watching games by attending events for his grandchildren, including basketball, football, hockey and rodeo in recent years. The family helped him get to the hockey rink even in his wheelchair. He was a huge and impassioned Vikings fan, and competitive enough to be found yelling at the TV during games. He loved to watch football and other sports with Jacque at his side.
Bob’s favorite hobby was camping. He loved to spend time outdoors and at the lake with family and friends. His favorite vacation spot was Deadwood in the Black Hills. He took his wife and family there every summer, and spent his past few birthdays there prior to becoming immobile. Being in the nursing home was not easy for Bob, and he looked forward to the special times he could visit home and be with his beloved wife. When family would visit him, he would always make them laugh by saying, “When am I going to get out of here, the year 3000?” Many would say he did not dislike the nursing home as much as he led on, he was just being Bob.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents and daughter Kim. He is survived by wife Jacque; son Wes (Rhonda) Wickum and their children, Frank (Lisa), Ryan, Shausta (Ty) Blodgett, Bobbie Rae (Brock) Thune, and Dillon; son Rick (Kim) Wickum and their children, Keldon and Kendra (Lex) Heathershaw; daughter Rebecca (Joel) Viall and their children, Ashley, Allison, Joey, and Jake. His great-grandchildren include Easton, Chance, Shy, Owen, Kortney, Elijah, River, Frank Jr., and Jaxson.
Bob could be feisty, strong-willed, and grumpy at times, but he had the biggest heart ever. He was loved by many and always made a room full of people laugh. His smile would light up the entire room. He was affectionately called “Badlands Bob.” His love for Jacque was very noticeable. Whenever she would talk to him or enter the room, he would smile and glow. He loved holidays, especially spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with his wife and family. His legacy will move on in his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In the cycle of life, he made all those around him better people.
Thanks, Dad! Rest in Peace.