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Louis S. Wanicki

October 3, 1935 — March 14, 2024

Princeton, IA

Louis S. Wanicki (Lou), 88, previously of Princeton, IA passed away peacefully March 14, 2024 at the Kahl Home, Davenport, IA.  He was born October 3rd, 1935, the first son to Louis S. Wanicki, Sr. and Elizabeth (Ziolkowski) at the family home in Cleveland, OH. 

Louis graduated from Brecksville High School in 1953, attended Ohio University and went on to earn a Bachelors in Engineering from Dyke College.  In 1956 Louis began his career with Honeywell, retiring in 1993 after 38 years. Louis served in the U.S. Army 65th Engineering Battalion (Infantry Division), Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, HI from 1958-1960.

Louis married his beloved wife Marilyn S. Nixon on June 17, 1961 in Cleveland, OH. They welcomed three sons, Robert, Ronald, and Richard before the family relocated to Des Moines, Iowa in 1971. Lou and Marilyn shared 58 happy years together. 

He proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 25 years. He earned the prestigious designation "National Vice Commodore, Chief of Staff” prior to his retirement.  During their time in the Auxiliary Lou and Marilyn taught recreational boating safety courses and performed vessel safety checks. Lou was called to assist with disaster relief operations, most notably during the 'Great Flood of 1993’ when the Coast Guard briefed the President of the United States during his visit to Davenport, Iowa. 

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, travel and exploring numerous interests such as electronics, computers, antique radios, pocket watches, clocks, woodworking, boating and fishing. 

Louis is survived by sons Robert Wanicki, of Grimes, Iowa; Ronald Wanicki (Melissa), of Indianola, Iowa; and Richard Wanicki (Jennifer) of Coal Valley, Illinois; grandchildren Bradly and Brittney; great-grandson Brayden; brother Lawrence (Joan), of Cleveland, OH, Brothers-in-Law Paul Nixon (Sue), of Chesterland, OH, and William Nixon (Sue), of New Lexington, OH; Lifelong friends Lynn Boyd, Don & Jean Hogan, also of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn, parents, and his sister Virginia Blythin. 

Lou will be interred at the Rock Island National Cemetery in a private ceremony. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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