Farming Rural 04

Herman James Wilck

February 25, 1929 ~ November 5, 2022 (age 93) 93 Years Old


Herman James Wilck

Lyons - The Good Lord called Herm home on November 5, 2022, after 93 plus years of emitting a ray of sunshine to all that knew him.

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You'll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away". Words to a familiar song that would often be heard originating from the Wilck farm milk house on Leach Road in Lyons. On February 25, 1929, a ray of sunshine came into this world in the form of a son born to Henry and Lena Wilck. His name was Herman James Wilck. Herm spent his entire life living in the Lyons area. He met and married Ruth L. Marshall and had three children together. He spent his working years as a dairy farmer and later as a construction worker. After retiring, he kept busy helping neighbors in any way he could and tending to his garden. After the death of Ruth, Herm married Catherine Ehman.

He was a 75-year member of Eureka Grange #46 and belonged to the Pomona Grange, where he was instrumental in the building of their booth at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, was a 50-plus-year member of the Lyons First United Methodist Church, and was an inaugural recipient of "The Pride of Lyons" Hall of Fame award. In his later years, Herm wrote and compiled a published book of short stories under the pen name Herm James, Short Stories and Tall Tales.

Please join the family at 9 a.m on Sunday, November 27, 2022, in memory of Herm; where his son, Jim Wilck, has prepared a special sermon, "God is Alive in Death," at the Lyons First United Methodist Church, 93 William Street, Lyons, NY 14489.

Herm spent his last three weeks radiating his sunshine at the Laurel House in Newark. Donations are requested in Herm's memory to the Laurel House Comfort Care Home, 224 Fair Street, Newark, NY 14513. Laurel House is a not-for-profit volunteer community organization providing free end-of-life care for Wayne County residents and their families. Herm was very comfortable there, and they were super to him and others in their care.

Herm was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Arthur Wilck, and his wives Ruth and Catherine.

He is survived by his children James (Wendy) Wilck, William (Michele) Wilck and Barbara (Jon) Kelly; step-children Dale (Judy) Ehman and Nancy (Kevin) Weibold; seven grandchildren; his brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews.

Herm's sunshine will continue to radiantly shine from all the lives he touched through his kindness, generosity and humor.

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