Vernon R. Wik, 75 of Sandusky, died Wednesday evening, Sept. 17, 2008, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.
He was born Dec. 27, 1932, in Renton, Wash., son of the late Henry and May (Neston) Wik. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served his country during the Korean War. Mr. Wik was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky, and American Legion Commodore Denig Post 83 where he served as finance officer.
Mr. Wik was a graduate of American Institute of Banking and Pacific Coast Banking School. He was employed by Peoples National Bank in Renton for 22 years. He was past president of the Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, member of Renton Jaycees and Washington State Jaycees Senators. The mayor of Renton cited him as one of Renton’s three outstanding young men.
In 1973 was hired by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance division as a loan specialist, retiring in 1995. Mr. Wik managed disaster operations for several major disasters including Hurricane Andrew’s field operations in Florida.
Mr. Wik is survived by his wife, Dolores (Kabel) Wik of Sandusky; children, Daniel Wik of Covington, Wash., Steven Wik of Covington, Randy (Mary) Wik of Bonney Lake, Wash., Karen (Kevin) Dick of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Cathy (Kelly) Englert of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; stepchildren, David Pasley and Donna Dellinger of Sandusky; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald (Toshiko) Wik of Seattle and Donald (Jennie) Wik of Lady Lakes, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Myrtle and Pearl; infant sister, Joan; and an infant brother.
Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday in the funeral home, officiated by the Rev. John Mawhirter. Entombment will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park Mausoleum, Huron, where American Legion Post 83 will conduct military graveside rites.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, Cancer Services of Erie County, 505 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.