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William “Willie” Wika

William Wika, 85, of Yankton, SD, and formerly of Webster, SD, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, in Yankton. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Webster, SD and will be livestreamed on Fiksdal Funeral Service Facebook page. Military interment will be at St. Otto's Catholic Cemetery near Webster. Luncheon will follow at Christ the King Parish Center in Webster. William Francis Wika was born on June 17, 1936, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Boik) Wika at Peabody Hospital in Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grenville, South Dakota. The family moved to Webster when he was young. He graduated from Webster High School in 1954. After his education he enlisted into the United States Navy in 1954 and served from 1954 – 1957. While in the Navy he sang in the Great Lakes Navel Choir which he was very proud of. He worked as a lineman for years while living on the farm near Webster. He later operated a tree-trimming business. He was united in marriage to Corinne Davidson on December 10th, 1966. To this union two children were born: Scott and Angela. The family made their home at a farm near Webster, SD. Corinne passed away in 1997 and Willie continued living in Webster. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. Willie passed away on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 at the age of 85 years, 3 months, and 25 days. He is survived by his children, Scott (Jill) Wika of Aberdeen, SD, and Angela Christofferson of Anaheim, CA; one sister, Lorraine Erickson of Webster, SD; his grandchildren, Eric Christofferson, Kayden Wika, and Brady Larson; and special friend, Jenny Bisgard of Waubay, SD. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Corinne, sisters, Esther Fromelt, Della Mitchell, Gladys DeBilzan and Mary Kuecker; and brother Tony Wika.

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A candle was lit in memory of William Wika

Nancy Herr Peschong Oct 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Wika

Corinne Rumpca Oct 13 2021 12:00 AM

Have many fond memories with Willy & Corinne , Scott & Angie. A few that stick out is a motorcycle ride with Willy where i burnt my leg on the exhaust. playing cards with everyone & planting our huge garden . my sympathies to Scott & Angie & famlies..

Corinne Rumpca Oct 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Wika

Nancy Peschong Oct 13 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to read this news about Willy. My dad worked with Willy many many years ago. Willy was such a nice man. Prayers and thinking are with his entire family. I am so sorry once again. Nancy Herr Peschong

Nancy H Peschong Oct 13 2021 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to Willy’s family.

Gloria Ewalt Oct 13 2021 12:00 AM

My uncle Willie was "one of a kind"! I will always remember the times when Scott and I would go fishing at Minnewasta and stay at the cabin. He took me goose hunting, pheasant hunting and I learned a lot from this man. One time he told Scott and I we couldn't go hunting or fishing till we hauled all the square bales home from up by Donny Gaikowski's....So we stacked them about six rows high in the red chevy luv. (little dangerous) but we made it in one trip! This man had a work ethic that was amazing, and taught me how to start a "B" John Deere and how to fix about anything on an old Honda 90! RIP to a Good Man Gary Kuecker

Gary Kuecker Oct 13 2021 12:00 AM

With deepest sympathy,

Steve and Marie DenOuden Oct 13 2021 12:00 AM