Dallas W Wixom, 84
Dallas W Wixom, age 84, of Lakewood, died Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at his home. He was born on July 26, 1933, in Traverse City, Michigan a son of the late Willard and Dorothy (Hartshorn) Wixom.
Dallas graduated from Gravereat High School in Marquette, Michigan. He continued his education and graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. While there he attended Reserve Officer Training Class and was given a second lieutenant’s commission upon graduation. He was named commandant of cadets in his senior year.
Following graduation, he joined General Motors Corporation in their Public Relations Department and traveled throughout the United States with their Parade of Progress. After two years, he went on active duty with the US Army and served two years in Germany. Returning to the United States, he joined American Telephone & Telegraph Company, working for thirty years in Wisconsin management and at [email protected] headquarters in New York City.
During his Wisconsin assignments, he was active in four Rotary International Clubs in Superior, Green Bay, Neenah and Racine. He also introduced Junior Achievement to Superior and Racine, serving on the Board of Directors in both locations. Dallas also was active with the Boys Scouts of America and was proud to have his two sons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
While working in Racine in the late seventies, Dallas became involved in the area United Way Drive and managed the 1978 fund drive. That year, he led a team of twenty executives from local companies and met the first two million dollar goal for the community.
He retired from AT&T in 1990 and lived in Sheboygan County where he became affiliated with the American Red Cross and proceeded to serve on twenty-five national disasters throughout the United States and the Virgin Islands.
On his first company assignment in Appleton, Dallas met his future wife Ann Marie Valitchka. They were married in 1961 in Manitowoc and had three children Michael, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in pharmacy, Jennifer also a UW graduate with a degree in accounting with a C.P.A. certification, and Douglas who graduated from the University of Milwaukee with a social science degree.
Dallas and Ann Marie retired to Lakewood in 2008 where he volunteered to drive veterans to medical appointments as requested by the Veterans Administration office in Oconto County.
For many years they have been affiliated with the Catholic Church in all of their many locations and have served in many capacities in their parishes. They traveled extensively in retirement to Europe, Mexico and throughout the United States. A highlight of their trips was to Rome, Italy with members of the Green Bay Diocese where they visited many holy sites to include the Vatican.
He is survived by his wife Ann Marie, two sons Michael (Julie) Wixom of Mountain, Douglas Wixom of Sheboygan, six grandchildren Zachary (Samantha), Piper, Daniel, Journey, Kheon, Brynmor; two great-grandchildren Madison and Sawyer; a sister Jill Bjork.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Wixom.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 23, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of the Lake, Catholic Church in Lakewood with Rev. Philip Dinh-Van-Thiep officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. A parish wake service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.
The Bradley Funeral Home in Antigo is assisting the family with arrangements.