John Eugene Whicker, 91, passed away peacefully in his home on December 23, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones. John was born on August 27, 1929 in Eminence, Indiana to Chancey and Flora Mae (Turner) Whicker. He was the youngest of three children.
He went to Eminence Consolidated School for his entire twelve years and was one of nineteen members that graduated on April 18, 1948. John participated in many activities throughout his school years, including Varsity Basketball in high school. One of the most memorable talents John was remembered for, was his ability to sit on the handlebars of his bicycle and ride around town backwards. His classmates were all proud of who he become in his lifetime and fondly remember him as both “naughty and nice” Throughout his lifetime and no matter where he lived, he always did his best to attend the annual alumni banquets and visit with classmates.
On August 9, 1948 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was a veteran of both Korea and Vietnam. During his years in the military he served as Base Sergeant Major. He was stationed all over the world during his 20 years of service, including: Wright-Patterson AFB in Oh; Wheelus AFB in Tripoli; Lockbourne AFB in OH; Hickam AFB in Hawaii, to name a few. He was honorably discharged on August 31, 1968 from Grissom AFB, Indiana, with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant E-9.
While home on leave from Tokyo in 1951, he met his future wife, Cora U Clements. They were married on August 18, 1951 and traveled the world together, eventually settling in Mesa, AZ. They were happily married sixty-one years.
While in the military John completed a BS degree in accounting at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While stationed at Hickam AFB, he attended the MBA program at the University of Hawaii.
John was a long time member (since 1954) of the Scottish Rite Masons, Eminence Lodge No 440.
In 1968 when he retired from the Air Force, he went back to his hometown of Eminence, Indiana and started a successful real estate business. In 1985 he moved to Mesa, Arizona and owned a real estate business and did FHA and VA appraisals. He was an active licensed member of the Arizona Real Estate Board until he retired on December 31, 2019.
John was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous since April of 1988. In 2004, he established a daily noon meeting in East Mesa, which became known as the Arbor Group. The group has since grown to over 125 members. Until his death, John continued to manage or coordinate many of the group’s functions such as phone lists, anniversaries and annual celebrations. He will be missed by all who attend the meetings.
John lived an honorable life well worth living.
John is survived by his daughter Janeva A. Whicker of Gilbert, AZ; grandson Jackie D. Ferguson Jr. of Tampa, FL; great grandchildren Joseph and Tiffany Lynch of Apache Junction, AZ; and his great-great grandchild Erik Walton of Apache Junction, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his wife Cora U. (Clements) Whicker; parents, Chancey and Flora Mae (Turner) Whicker; brother, Thomas Whicker; sister Rosa May (Whicker) Norris; granddaughter, Angela M. Ferguson.
John’s services are scheduled for 2:00pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, where John will be laid to rest.
Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. 7900 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ. (480) 832-2850.
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