Memorial contributions may be made in Lou’s name to:
St. Stephen Catholic Church
710 Gladstone Dr SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Louis (Lou) Milne Wickman, 92, of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Lou was born on September 7, 1925. His parents, Raymond and Agatha; and his sisters Betty, Kent and Barbara preceded him in death. A devoted family man, Lou is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ardythe Wickman; their four children, Kim (Tom) Melcher, Kathy (Bob) Price, Jeffrey (Nancy) Wickman and Suzanne Wickman. He was a proud grandfather to Tommy (Jade), Katie and Morgan Melcher; Charlie and Rachel Price; Ally (Austin) Fatjo, Molly and Amanda Wickman; Jack, Louie and Sam Belanger. Lou was a graduate of East Grand Rapids High School. When his country called, Lou served faithfully as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Calvary in the Philippines during WWII. Upon his return, he attended Michigan State University, graduating with a degree in business. Lou remained forever faithful to his Alma Mater. As a season football ticket holder, Lou cheered on his beloved Spartans for over 65 years! After graduation, he went to work as a salesman for the American Seating Company where his career there would span 43 years. Along the way, he met many lifelong friends. When not on the road, Lou loved spending time with family and friends and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed many games with his buddies at Kent Country Club. Lou also loved spending time at the family cottage on Lake Michigan. He was a lifelong member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. Lou had a quick wit and loved to tell and hear a good joke! He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and many long-time friends. The family is especially grateful to Susan Maccardini who was his dedicated and compassionate caregiver and friend in his final days. The family would also like to thank the Heather Hills Staff and Faith Hospice caregivers. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:00 AM Friday, August 31, at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1935 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to mass. Memorial contributions may be made in Lou’s name to St. Stephen Catholic Church, 710 Gladstone Dr SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.