Herbert Charles Wilcox

July 3, 1915 - Jan. 7, 2007

Herbert Charles Wilcox, formerly of Waukesha, passed away quietly Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 in Sun Lakes, Ariz., after a long and happy life. He was born July 3, 1915, in Phillips, to Delbert and Eva (nee Conoyer) Wilcox.

Herb moved to Waukesha as a young boy, attending Waukesha High School, playing music alongside his boyhood friend, Les Paul. Like many of his generation, he answered the call and served in World War II, returning home to work and raise his family, spending 30-plus years employed at Waukesha Motors before starting and retiring from his own small business in Waukesha. He was a lifetime member of the Elks club and a devout Catholic, always doing what he could to help at his local church. Upon retiring, he and his wife relocated to Arizona where they enjoyed their time in the sun together, remaining active. His 91 years allowed him the opportunity to get to know his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Herb is survived by his loving wife of more than 65 years, Gertrude (nee Berg), and their five children, Nancy of Chandler, Ariz., Charles (Joyce) of Waukesha, David (Bonnie) of Chandler, Daniel (Denise) of Racine and Timothy (Sue) of Waukesha. He has 12 grandchildren, Michelle, Thomas, Jeannine, Jessica, Katie, Robert, Andrew, Eric, Jeremy, Scott, Greg and Adam, along with eight great-grandchildren. Herb is further survived by his brother, Kenneth of Sun City, Ariz., and Marinette, and sisters, Ethyl (Clayton) Brimmer of Waukesha and Carol (Bob) Greenwald of Scottsdale, Ariz.

In addition to his parents, Herb was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond.

The measure of a man is his unconditional love and support of family, and in that regard he was a giant of a man. He will be dearly missed by family and friends, but fondly remembered for his sense of humor, love and devotion to all.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Stevens Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Road, Sun Lakes, Ariz.