Roy Wichmann

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Roy Warren Wichmann was born on Jan. 1, 1921, in Albert Lea, of Freeborn County the son of George and Elizabeth (Maas) Wichmann Sr. He then attended school in Albert Lea and was employed as a meat cutter at Wilson Company also in Albert Lea.
On Sept. 8, 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Station and served in the Asiatic South Pacific during World War II including Pearl Harbor and Canton Island. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
On June 30, 1945, he married Norma Rakeli Nikula in California.The couple resided in Berkley for several months before moving to Albert Lea where he worked at Borland’s Supermarket. In 1950 they moved to Battle Lake. Roy worked as a meat cutter before the couple owned and operated Wichmann’s Grocery Store “Fairway Foods,” where they worked side by side for 37 years. In 1987 they retired and Roy worked for More 4 several years before moving to Fergus Falls in 2000.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, a life member of the V.F.W. Post 874, a volunteer fireman for 20 years all in Battle Lake. He was also a member of the Balmoral Golf Club and the Elks Lodge.
His hobbies included fishing, hunting geese and ducks, also deer hunting where he bagged a total of 94 deer. Roy loved Twins baseball and playing golf.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers: Carl and George Jr.; three sisters: Alvina Sparks, Mabel Woolf and Leona Ellis.
His family includes his wife, Norma of Fergus Falls; a daughter, Gail Daniel; and a grandson, Eric Daniel of Bloomington; a sister-in-law, Vienna Nikula of Floodwood; and a brother-in-law, Fred Woolf of Farmington Hills, Mich.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.   
Services will be Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Ft. Snelling National Chapel. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

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