William Wendell Wilcox
Died: Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident William Wendell Wilcox, 77, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, in Mesa, Ariz.
Born in 1925 in Detroit, Mr. Wilcox grew up in the Palmer Woods area.
He graduated from the University of Detroit High School in 1943. He reported for wartime military service shortly after graduation.
During World War II, he was stationed with the 14th Air Depot Group of the Army Air Corps in China and India from 1944 through 1946 as an aircraft camera technician. He received the American Theater ribbon, Good Conduct, and WWII Victory medals.
After WWII, he attended Colgate University in New York. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Economics in 1949 and received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Mr. Wilcox went on to achieve the rank of major in the Air Force Reserve while serving at Selfridge Air Force Base as an intelligence officer.
He officially retired in 1985 after 38 years of combined active duty and reserve service.
Mr. Wilcox was a Grosse Pointe resident from 1952-1991. He enjoyed taking his kids sailing and swimming at the local parks during the summertime and sledding at Vernier hill during the winter.
Mr. Wilcox also loved to visit the Alcona Beach and Big Paw vacation areas on Lake Huron. He was the consummate handyman and enjoyed fixing, painting and building things around the house. He could always be found at the former Sears store on Mack and at Lochmoor Hardware. Also an avid photographer, Mr. Wilcox enjoyed "lining up" his kids for pictures whenever possible.
Mr. Wilcox was employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pinkerton Security and Michigan Natural Gas Company over his career in Michigan.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary; and his sons, Wendell and Robert.
He was predeceased by his wife, Natalie.
Arrangements were made by Melcher Mortuary of Mesa, Arizona. Interment is at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church or a local hospice of