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Reid Wickiser

Reid J. Wickiser, 70, of Bowling Green and formerly of Carey, died on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at his home following an extended illness.
On Oct. 3, 1951, Reid was born in Findlay, the youngest of three children of the late Ira Harry and Edith Pauline (Tanner) Wickiser. He grew up attending Grace United Methodist Church in Carey, and graduated from Carey High School in the class of 1969. On their track team, he threw shot put and discus, setting records in the discus that lasted for 20 plus years.
Furthering his education, Reid attended Bowling Green State University for three years, until joining the U.S. Army in 1972 to serve in Germany during the Vietnam War. After four years in the Army, he traveled Europe, both hitch hiking and riding a bike, finding hostels and other places to stay along the way. He was a free spirit, an avid traveler and his family has fond memories of his adventures with Bounie, his girlfriend from France.
Eventually, Reid returned home to Carey in the 1980s to help look after his mother, Edith. He was a lifelong learner, continuing his studies at BGSU, eventually earning a bachelors degree in electrical technology. He studied everything, always having pen and paper handy to take notes. His favorite channel to watch and take notes was PBS and other educational sources.
Reid worked multiple jobs over the years, again showing his free spirit. He also loved music, collecting many records, CDs, etc.
Reid’s life will be remembered by his brother, David Ira Wickiser of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother-in-law, E. Wade Niederkohr of Carey; a nephew and two nieces, Pete Niederkohr, Pamela (Todd) Stoll and Patricia Niederkohr; two great-nephews and one great-niece, Tanner, Trennen and Tylinn; and many cousins.
Including his parents, Reid was preceded in death by his sister, Linda K. Niederkohr.
Services honoring his life will be held at his graveside Thursday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey, with the Rev. Steve Sturgeon officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carey Athletic Boosters and they may be sent to the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.StombaughBatton.com.

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