Terrence T. Wickeham, of Braham, died Monday, January 19 at his home in Braham. He was 74 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 A. M., on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church in Braham with Rev Rich Chronis officiating. VISITATION will be from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday Jan. 23 at Rock – Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church.
Terrence Wicheham I, of Braham, passed away at his home on January 19, 2009, just one day short of his 75th birthday.
Terry was born on January 20, 1934 in Minneapolis to the late Frederick and Marguerite (Byrne) Wickeham. He was the youngest of five children. Terry enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1953 and served in the Korean War and then came stateside and was an instructor at Camp Pendleton. He had a variety of jobs throughout his life including working at Carlos Avery Game Farm, driving semi-truck for over ten years. Around 1968 he started farming and continued that for approximately 20 years. During that same time he worked for the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department. He purchased and worked the blacksmith shop in Grasston in the early 1970’s.
He was a full time stay at home Dad since the early 1970’s after a disabling accident. He met and married his wife Linda Smothers on August 6, 1983 at Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston. They made their home in and around Braham.
Terry’s hobbies were his raccoons, of which he collected many over the years and that started in 1994. He also lived for fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, coaching women’s softball and traveling. In the late 80s Terry and Linda bought the old ball field in Grasston. They also bought the 107-70 Tavern to use as a clubhouse for their softball team and later opened it to the public. They improved the field, making it into a well maintained, playable field. During those years, Terry hosted softball games and barbecues on summer weekends, for anyone who wanted to come and play.
Terry is survived by his wife Linda of Braham; sons: Terry Wickeham II of Mora, Brian Wickeham of Braham, Mike (Nina) Wickeham of Braham, Jeremy Smothers of Lake City, Gregory Smothers of Braham; daughters: Teresa (Bryan) Bearce of Isle, Valerie (Rodney) Babb of Ogilvie, Lynn (Vernon) Fix of Braham, Chris (Paul) Anderson of Stanchfield; sisters: Mary Denning of Superior, WI, Patricia Chamberlain of Maryland, Barbara (Wayne) Wolf of Leavenworth, Kansas; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive.