Robert E. Wickham, Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father and grandfather lost his courageous battle with cancer at his home October 9, 2009. Age 77 years. Robert was born on January 21, 1932 in Buffalo, New York to the late Edward and Gladys Wickham. Bob married Mary Jane Savage on June 28, 1952 while attending the University of Notre Dame, and they were married for 57 years. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1954 and was employed by General Motors for over 30 years. He was an active member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, was a lifetime member of the Elks Club and Knights of Columbus Council #4232, Sons of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles. All who knew Bob well will always remember him sitting on the south east coastline of beautiful Higgins Lake daily throughout the summer predicting the weather and cheering relentlessly for the University of Notre Dame football team every fall. Robert also enjoyed playing golf and had spent a few relaxing months annually at Panama Beach with friends in his retirement. Surviving besides his wife Mary Jane are four sons and one daughter, Robert and Cindy Wickham, Edward and Katie Wickham, James Wickham, Susan Wickham and Mark Wickham; nine grandchildren who will miss him dearly, Kelly, Jeff, Emily, Tyler, Molly, Ben, Max, Sofie and Sam; sisters, Ginger and Jack Merdian, Judy Wickham and Diane Wickham; brother-in-law, Willard Savage; sister-in-law, Carol Koenig; several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Robert Savage and lifetime friend and priest, Rev. Fr. Marion Kryszak. Funeral Liturgy will take place 12:00 Noon Wednesday October 14, 2009 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. John R. Johnson will officiate. Honoring Mr. Wickham’s wishes cremation will follow. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty) where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, American Legion Post #439, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.