Ernest D. Wickham, 75, of Moriarty, was born March 27, 1941 in Falls City, Neb., the son of Lloyd and Alberta (Peck) Wickham,of Falls City. He is survived by his wife Shirley (Ray) Wickham of Moriarty and three sons, Randall Hewitt of Topeka, Kans., Scott Wickham of Woodstock, Il., and Rodney Wickham of Tacoma, Wash.; one brother, James Wickham of Falls City, Neb., and three sisters, Mary Arnold of McClelland, Iowa, Nancy Bennett, of Rutledge, Ga., and Karen Muller of Charles, Mo.; five grandchildren, Thomas Wickham of Bolingbrook, Il., Tiffany Wickham of San Diego, Calif., and Storm, Sky and Starla Wickham, of Spanaway, Wash.
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