Lawrence ‘Larry’ E. Wickens

Lawrence (Larry) E. Wickens, 97, of Suffolk passed away peacefully Monday morning, May 7, 2018, at home surrounded by family. He was one of seven children born to John L. and Erma (Houck) Wickens.

Larry married the love of his life, Dorothy R. Hickey, on Dec. 26, 1946 in Lewistown. They lived, ranched and raised their six children on the original homestead west of Suffolk. Larry and his brothers, Jack and Tom, owned and operated Wickens Brothers Construction, building highways across Montana, dams, and roads for their neighbors and the ranch he lived on until his death.

The only time Larry left the ranch was when he was drafted into WW II March of 1942. He served in the 1st, 5th and 7th Armor division and the 28th Heavy Construction Battalion. He saw battle in Africa, Italy, France and Germany, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1945.

Larry is survived by his sons, Mike (Eva) of Hilger, Joe (Linda) of Helena and John (Diane) of Hilger; daughters Rita Brown of Hawaii, Paula (Paul) Burnham of Lewistown and Cheri (Jeff) Kjersem of Hilger; one sister, Margaret Wight of Portland, Oregon; 22 grandchildren, and 37 great-grandchildren.

Larry was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dot, parents, brothers Jack and Tom, and sisters Mary Jo Clason, Martha Jimmerson and Tess Smith.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday May 11, 2018 at the Winifred High School Gymnasium, with reception following at the Winifred City Park.

With the wonderful care of Hospice and Dr. McMahon, we were able to keep our beloved father, friend, and hero at home to end his journey with great peace and grace.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana Hospice, Winifred Foundation or to the charity of their choice, and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

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