William "Bill" D. Wikoff, 83, of Columbia, passed away February 26, 2013, at home.
There will be a visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Memorial Funeral Home, with funeral services to follow at 3 p.m., with the Reverend Paul Harwood officiating. Masonic services will be conducted. To honor Bill’s wishes, he is being cremated instead of buried, therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 42 years, Jayne; his beloved children: daughter: Myra Strucek, her husband Rick, son Andrew and daughter Katelyn Strucek Massa, her husband Chris; son William D. Wikoff Jr, daughter Virginia and her sons Blake and Robert, and son William D. Wikoff III; son Bruce Wikoff, wife Marjorie, daughter Krystyn and son Dustin; daughter Wendy Fierros, son Jamie and daughter Rebecca. He will also be greatly missed by his beloved stepchildren: daughter Ruthann Wunder, her daughter, Melissa ; son Christopher Stephenson , wife Martha, their children Ellen and Eric, wife Coleen, sons, great grandchildren Samuel and Noah.
Bill was born on the farm of his parents Henry Greene and Emma (Davidson) Wikoff in Robbinsville, N.J., the youngest of three sons. An as adult, he moved to Hightstown, N.J., and supported his family by establishing his own independent welding business.
In 1971, he and Jayne were married. In 1973, they relocated the younger children of the family to Missouri, where he could return to his love of farming in Armstrong. Later, the family moved to Columbia; Bill was employed by the University of Missouri in the computer training site located in Pierpoint. In 1989, Bill took early retirement due to medical issues.
Bill’s sunset years were filled with travel; he and Jayne drove over 14,000 miles in 1994, after she retired. He then spent time doing carpentry, plumbing and electrical work around the house; helping friends at Walk-About Acres, and still finding time to learn to play Canasta; an amazing life for an amazing man.