John Ellsworth “Jack” Wilcoxen Jr., 75, took to the skies for his final flight Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, after a brief hospitalization.
A man among men, he entered this world Feb. 1, 1938, greeted by mother Dorothy and father John.
Jack was happiest when he was in the sky, under the waves, or on the open road on his Harley. He entertained his family with stories of his past, which made his everyday life seem like an adventure.
Jack is survived by his wife, Kathleen Shogren Bothum Wilcoxen of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; two daughters, Deborah D. (James) Sapp of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tamara Y. (Bruce) Bickley of Atlanta, Ga.; his daughters’ mother, Dorothy May Wilcoxen; Kathleen’s children, Kimberly Mangialetto and Brian (Sandra) Bothun; grandchildren, Lauren (Nathan) Calzada, Tiffany Sapp, Kara (Samuel) Brooks and Erin Bickley; Kathleen’s grandchildren, Danielle Mangialetto, Nicolas Mangialetto, Brooke Bothun, Katie Bothun and Brent Bothun; great-grandchildren, Baylea Sapp, Bryar Sapp, Baby Jack Calzada, Benjamin Brooks and Rylee Brooks; and his Sod Busters family.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, Fla. The Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of the gathering at 2 p.m., with Pastor Jubal Cannon officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com.
Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, Arcadia.