Jack W. Ficker (aka Papa Jack) our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, left us on February 19, 2023. Jack was born in Decatur Illinois on July 8, 1928. He was the fourth of five children born to Alfred and Christine Ficker.
Dad served in the United States Navy for two tours during the Korean conflict. After the Navy he moved to Boulder Colorado and attended the School of Pharmacology. While going to school he met the love of his life Virginia Sullivan. They were married on September 13, 1953. Dad became an award winning pharmacist and finished his career at the age of 72.
Dad was a member of the of the Bonneville Lodge of the "Free and Accepted Masons" as well as a member of El-Kalah Shrine, where he donated his time and expertise to the Shriner's hospital for burn and disabled children.
After moving multiple times from Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, he planted his roots in Bountiful Utah, where he raised his family. Dad had a deep love and appreciation for the friendships he made with all this neighbors. Everyone looked after each other over the years and helped each other out, whether it was clearing snow, or planting gardens.
Dad had a love for sports, he played baseball in High School and was a long-time fan of the Chicago Cubs. Dad always loved the great outdoors, whether he was golfing, fishing, camping or hunting. He taught his boys to respect nature.
He had a quick wit and understated humor, with his corky comments. Whether he was asking why do Ballerinas dance on their tippy toes, can't they just find taller girls? Or being asked "are you be ok and his response would be I are be ok".
Dad was very protective of his family, especially his wife and daughters. He was proud of each of them, bragging them up with anyone who would listen. He loved going on adventures with his daughter Linda, whether it was going to McCall Idaho or traveling to the Midwest to visit his family. Dad always enjoyed his family gatherings. Dad adored his brother, sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Jack is survived by his 4 children, Sharon Cameron, Ed Ficker, Jim (Melanie) Ficker, Linda Bogdanow (Ken Davies, son number 3), 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, sister Cynthia and his faithful companion Helga (his dog). Preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother and 2 sisters.
Dad you will be greatly missed, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. We are sure your reunion with mom and family was a glorious site to be seen, so until we meet again your memory and legacy with be with us always.
Your Loving Children.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, February 24, 2023 at the Russon Mortuary, 295 N. Main, Bountiful, Utah, where family and friends can gather at 1:00 to 1:45 prior to the funeral service.
Services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and on this obituary page.