WILLIAM WICK

William “Bill” Wick, of Pompano Beach, Florida Taberg, New York, died October 13, 2015 at the Deerfield Beach Health and Rehab Center where he had been a patient for 11 months.

Bill was born March 20, 1922 in Plymouth, Wisconsin. He was the son of Otto and Wilma (Lange) Wick. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1940, attended the University of Minnesota for a year and graduated from Horseshoeing School at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

Bill married Jeannette Ubbelohde in Plymouth, Wisconsin in 1947. Jeannette and their two youngest sons, Paul and Jeffery were killed in an automobile accident in Ohio in 1968. Bill married Lucille Houston in Oneida, New York in 1973.

As a young man Bill drove truck and sailed in the Merchant Service but his first love was horses. He started shoeing horses in 1949. He traveled the Grand Circuit for 19 years and spent winters at Ben White Raceway, Orlando, Florida and Pompano Park, Pompano Beach, Florida. During those 19 years he shod 18 Little Brown Jug winners in Delaware, Ohio and 14 Hambletonian winners in DuQuoin, Illinois. For the next 19 years he spent winters at Pompano Park, Pompano Beach, Florida and summers at Vernon Downs, Vernon, New York. He retired from shoeing horses in 1993. His favorite horse was Bret Hanover. The last horse he shod was for Brian Sears at Vernon Downs. The last thing he read was the Pompano Park Racing Program.

The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association gave Bill the Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award in 2002 and in 2010 he was elected to the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The banquet was held on March 20, 2011, Bill’s 89th birthday.

Bill is survived by his wife: Lucille; daughter and son-in-law: Susan and Richard White; two granddaughters: Michele Throm and Kymberlee Throm; two sisters-in-law: Mary Jane Ubbelohde and Bernice Ubbelohde; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife: Jeannette; sons, Dennis, Paul and Jeffery; and his brother, John.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association, 157 North Main Street, Salem, NH 03079 or the Vance Scholarship Fund c/o Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, 1800 SW 3rd Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33069.

A memorial service will be held in Plymouth, Wisconsin in the spring. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Plymouth, Wisconsin. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com

The family wants to thank the staff at the Deerfield Beach Health and Rehab Center, Dr. George Boctor and Mari Donofrio for Bill’s care the past 11 months.


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