Wayne L. Fickling, 70, of Geneseo, formerly of rural Cambridge, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at his home after a short battle with lung cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. The Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
He was born on April 18, 1942, in Geneseo, the son of Leslie C. and Mable E. (Good) Fickling. He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1960. While in high school, he joined the Army National Guard. He married Sharon A. Humphrey on Oct. 21, 1962, in Coal Valley. She died on Jan. 13, 1997. He married Christine Ohrt on June 27, 1998, in Cambridge. He was a lifelong farmer and began farming in Cambridge and Munson Townships in 1962. He also operated a trucking company from 1982 to 1997. In addition to his farming operation, he was a crop, hail and multi-peril adjuster for Country Companies from 1999 to 2010 and a real estate agent for Mel Foster Company from 1996 to the present.
His memberships included the Cambridge Lutheran Church, where he had served on the church council, the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990, the American Legion Post in Naples, Fla., and the Quad Cities Board of Realtors. He also served on the board of directors for Henry Service Company in Cambridge and was a lifetime member of the Henry County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed wintering in Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Christine; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kendra and Kelly Katter of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Kimberly Whitsell of Sherrard; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mitchel Fickling of Olney and Shayne and Jennifer Fickling of Oconomowoc, Wis.; two stepsons and a step daughter-in-law, Matthew and Grace Sisson of Colona and Joseph Sisson of Moline; 11 grandchildren, Brandon and Justin Fickling, Drake, Dylan, Dahlton and Marissa Katter, Courtney and Carley Whitsell and Cohen, Callum and Brecken Fickling; three step grandchildren, Jonathan and Rawley Sisson and Maesa Harris; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Arlys and Alfred Krauel of Naples and Marilyn Gonzales of Naples. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sharon; and a great niece, Selena Mull.