FORT WORTH, Texas — Tom Wilcox, 63, of Fort Worth, Texas — much-loved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend — passed away peacefully at his home Oct. 23, 2012, with his family by his side. Tom bravely confronted and fought cancer resulting from chemical exposure in Vietnam. He was born Sept. 29, 1949, in Bemidji, Minn., and resided in Fort Worth, Texas, for the past 20-plus years.
Tom was a man who lived life on life’s terms with God’s strength and wisdom. Respected and admired for his great love of his country and family, he was an inspiration to us all. Giving one’s life for your country is the highest act of patriotism possible, and Tom was a true patriot. His bravery and valor are evident.
He was a caring and compassionate person as well. Clearly, he was a brave soul — even in his passing — for during his final moments, his concerns were for his loved ones. Tom was a giver, lover, father, friend, and will be deeply missed.
Ultimately, Tom died defending freedom for the country he loved so dearly. He was proud of his involvement in AA since 1977. Tom loved golf and his golfing friends. He was an avid fisherman and the ultimate Boy Scout, always prepared and making sure everyone else was prepared and had what was needed. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor.
Tom was in the U.S. Armed Forces Bravo Company, 4/31 196th Light Infantry Brigade (LIB) 1970-1975, and received an honorable discharge. Tom also received a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Armed Commendation Medal Expert M16, Sharpshooter M60.
Tom is survived by his wife of nine years, Keri Anne Wilcox, of Fort Worth, Texas; son, Hunter Wilcox, of Fort Worth, Texas; daughters, Nicole Wilcox, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kelly Wilcox, of Minnesota; and grandson, Miles Guin; son, Dan Wilcox, wife, Lea, and granddaughter, Kaitlyn, of Washington; stepchildren, Emily Cosper, of Fort Worth, Texas; Megan Irons, of Fort Worth, Texas; Zachery Irons and wife, Kristie, of Fort Worth, Texas; mother, Iyone Wilcox Bartles and stepfather, Arlen, of Minnesota; sisters, Brenda Wilcox Bohler, of Minnesota, Lydia Wilcox Marohn and husband, Wayne, of Minnesota, Colleen Wilcox Kokesh and husband, Mark, of Minnesota; brother, Bruce Wilcox and wife, Terra, of Minnesota; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Don Wilcox; niece, Crystal Wilcox; and brother-in-law, Gary Bohler.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Castleberry Baptist Church, 1250 North Jim Wright Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76108. The viewing is at 10:30 a.m., services at 11 a.m. Graveside will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211. The celebration of life (following graveside service) will be hosted at 3 p.m. at the Wilcox family home, 10221 High Eagle Trail, Fort Worth, Texas 76108.
“He fought a good fight, he kept the faith, and he won the race!”