Edward Joe Wickenkamp passed away at his home on June 4, 2020, after a battle with ALS. He was born to Omer and Marge Wickenkamp on September 24, 1958 in Sigourney, IA. His father passed away when Ed was ten years old and when his mother married Ted Seymour, Ed gained a loving and devoted step-father.
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Ed could not wait to travel and see the world, so at the age of eighteen he completed training to drive semi trucks and burned up those wheels running cross country loads. He drove truck for thirteen years and much of that time had his dog “Peanut” as the perfect travel companion.
Ed worked at John Deere Ottumwa Works for sixteen years as a welder and then the last two years was in the shipping department. Ed worked at Vermeer prior to his employment with John Deere for eight years.
Being the thrill seeker he was Ed was always anxious to try the next thing. He spent time drag racing both cars and motorcycles at the Eddyville Speedway, even winning Rookie of the Year. Ed received his private pilot license and got a thrill from taking friends and family on plane rides and giving them a “rollercoaster” to hear their squeals. The sky wasn’t his limit, Ed joined a scuba diving adventure while in Playa del Carmen in 2017 and had plans to become a certified scuba diver.
This cowboy at heart owned several horses over the years, but Sugar Jar and Flash were two that really had a special place with Ed. He trained both from colts and used them for area trail rides and parades. Ed loved being in nature and the outdoors called his name.
Ed has one son, Brandon with this first wife, Joan.
Ed met his current wife, Angie, six years ago and they loved spending time on the dance floor at the Eagles. Together, they grew a real estate business and worked as a team rehabbing rental properties. Ed was a capable do-it-yourselfer and took pride in completing one project after another.
Ed is survived by his wife, Angie Wickenkamp of Ottumwa, his mother, Marge Seymour of Oskaloosa, son Brandon Wickenkamp of Brooklyn, NY, brother, Mike (Peggy) Wickenkamp of Onalaska, WI, sister, Anita Armstrong and her husband Rick Morris of Oskaloosa, younger brother, Larry Wickenkamp also of Onalaska, WI, step-brother, Jim Seymour of Reno, NV, step-daughter, Kinzy Hager and three granddaughters that he loved hearing calling him “Papa”.
He was preceded in death by his father, and infant brother, John Paul Wickenkamp.
Due to the current COVID19 situation, there will be no service at this time. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.