C. Dale Wilcox, 71, of Parkersburg, passed away Jan. 20, 2014, at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.
In his usual jovial spirit, Dale often told friends and family that when he went to Heaven, he was going to ask for the job of "cloudmaker."
He was born in Parkersburg, on Oct. 15, 1942, a son of the late Clem and Iva "Pearl" Miller Wilcox.
Dale was a 1960 graduate of Parkersburg High School and dedicated more than 30 years of service to the people of Wood County as a Wood County sheriff's deputy, attaining the rank of major prior to his retirement in 2000. He always enjoyed volunteering for the "Bikes for Tykes" program each Christmas sponsored by the Wood County Deputy Sheriff's Association. Dale was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and garden, and was an active member of the Camden Avenue Church of Christ.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 12 years, Sherry Smith Wilcox of Mineral Wells; two children, daughter, Lt. Col. Ginger (John) Miller of San Antonio, Texas, and son, Christian Wilcox of Vienna. In addition to his wife and children, Dale also is survived by step-daughter Tokeah (Paul) Lockhart of Rochester, N.Y.; step-sons, Matthew Buckley of Vienna and Justin (Elicia) Buckley of Stonewood, W.Va.; brother, David (Nancy) Wilcox of Parkersburg; four step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Robert Wilcox.
The service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Dana Slingluff and Pastor Larry Dale officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 2-8 today, and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Donations may be made in Dale's name to the "Bikes for Tykes" program sponsored by the Wood County Deputy Sheriff's Association.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com