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Floyd Wilcox - June 29, 2012

Floyd Wilcox was born Oct. 21, 1916 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Fred and Clara (Samuel) Wilcox. He died June 29, 2012 at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke. Floyd was 95 years of age.

As a young man, he graduated from Raceland (Ky.) High School and served in WWII as a U.S. Navy Seabee. After his discharge in 1945, he married Edrae Mae Hoff and they made their home in Wauneta, Neb.

The couple welcomed an adopted son, Rick, to the family, and Floyd joined the Nelson Burham Construction Company, where he worked for many years. He later worked as an independent contractor, handyman and an employee for the Village of Wauneta.

Floyd remarried on Nov. 14, 1959 to Dorothy Ruth Mayden in Kearney, Neb. The couple welcomed two more children into his life, Ruth and Rodger. They made their home in Wauneta, and Floyd enjoyed woodworking, playing bingo and shooting pool. He also loved dancing and singing. He was also a member of the American Legion and VFW posts of Wauneta.

Dorothy died in 1988, and Floyd moved in 2001 to Regent Park Nursing Home in Holyoke, where he had made his home until his death.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Eddie and Dorothy; brothers, Sam and Ralph; and sisters, Dorothea and Wanda.

He is survived by his son, Richard “Rick” Wilcox of Dannebrog, Neb.; daughter, Ruth Alvord and husband Robert of Colorado Springs; son, Rodger Mayden and wife Gayla of Holyoke; six grandchildren, Michelle Jestice and husband Scott of Monument, Trebor Alvord of Colorado Springs, Misty Enterline of Holyoke, Schad Mayden and wife Melissa of Holyoke and Kelly and Brandon Wilcox of McCook, Neb.; 11 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ray LaMoglia of Santee, Calif.; and niece, Candy Lynch and husband Randy and their two children of Kentucky.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke. Graveside inurnment services will follow on Thursday morning, July 19 at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta, Neb. Rick Heldenbrand will be officiating.

A memorial has been established in Floyd’s memory.

There will be no visitation, as Floyd chose cremation.

Online condolences can be left at

Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial, Neb. and Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke are in charge of arrangements.