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Ralph T. Wicker, 93

Ralph Trueman Wicker, age 93, of Cokato, died Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Buffalo.

A memorial service will take place Monday, July 13 at 1 p.m. at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Visitation was Sunday, July 12 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato, which is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in Ralph’s name to the church.

Ralph was a nearly lifelong resident of Cokato. He was born there Jan. 29, 1922; and after marrying Vivian Stein April 10, 1948, was married for 67 years, and raised three children there.

After serving in the Marines and being stationed in Hawaii and Japan during and after World War II, Ralph was employed by local companies Johnson Produce and Dura Supreme for many years.

One of his true passions, however, was gardening. Many family members and friends got to share in the beauty of Ralph’s flowers and the bounty of his vegetable garden.

He also loved reading, traveling, spending time with his family, stamp collecting, and serving the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church in a variety of roles, including as a church council member and Sunday school teacher.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Vivian, of Monticello; daughters Ann McDonald of Mashpee, MA, and Kay Wicker of Minneapolis; son Brian (Robin) of St. Michael; and grandchildren Kristin (Tom) Maynard of Mulberry, FL, and Matt McDonald of Hyannis, MA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy and Esther Wicker; a brother, Dennis; and a sister, Donna.

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