A memorial service for Gerald Wayne Wickstrom, 84, is scheduled for 10 am Saturday, August 7 at the Carlsbad Veterans Memorial Park at the Bataan Recreation Area along the Pecos River. Wick passed on Friday, July 23, 2021. There will be no visitation; cremation has taken place.
A second generation Finnish-American, Wick was born in Kellogg, Idaho, and grew up in Carlsbad from age 2. A 1955 graduate of Carlsbad High School, Wick was a Civil Engineering graduate of New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; he also held a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from California State Polytechnic University. At Cruces he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and commander of ROTC. Wick served as a Captain in the US Army and its Reserves.
As an engineer, Wick designed streets and freeways for the City of Los Angeles; also, he was the City Engineer of several Southern California suburbs. Later he had his own firm that designed and built many subdivisions in Southern California. He retired home to Carlsbad in 2004. Wick was a member of the Carlsbad Elks Lodge as was his father.
A fine competitive shooter, Wick served as a shooting judge for the Olympics in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.
Wick’s parents Sulo O. and Sylvia Aho Wickstrom proceeded him in death as did his sisters—Linda Wickstrom Doss and Anita Wickstrom Bradley. He is survived by his wife Gail, daughter Wendy, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carlsbad Foundation Memorial Scholarship Fund (fcsuite.com), 114 S. Canyon Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220