Andy Edward Wilcox
Andy wrote this obituary himself at the tough time of his battle with small fiber neuropathy in March 2017.
Andy Edward Wilcox, 42, Sioux Falls, S.D., passed away, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, after a lengthy battle with depression and small fiber neuropathy (SFN). There will be no services as it was his wish.
Wilcox, born to Ellward and Kathleen (Hagen) Wilcox, of Fairmont, Minn., April 21, 1977, graduated from Fairmont High School, then attended college at Mankato State University for several years until moving to South Dakota to be closer to his bride-to-be, Teresa Zomer.
The couple were wed Feb. 2, 2002, at 2:02 p.m., a special date for both of them; during times in their marriage the number two, 202, etc., would appear in many different ways to the couple.
To this union were born Lucy and Emily, two daughters who lived through the battles their father faced in the last few years of his life. Wilcox spent a great deal of time ‘making memories’ with his family, including different experiences using the tools and time available to the family.
He was editor at two newspapers, the Parker New Era, and the Brandon Valley Challenger, before partnering with Jerry Wiseman in two newspaper ventures as co-publisher, first in Lake Mills, at the Lake Mills Graphic, and lastly in Canton, S.D., at the Sioux Valley News. He and his wife took over ownership of the Sioux Valley News after several years of partnering with Wiseman to build a stake in the business.
The couple worked together at the Graphic and News for 15 years.
Wilcox’s hobbies included home improvement, fishing, hunting, helping others through their struggles or challenges, making memories with his family and living the ‘newspaper man’ life, which he did until recently.
He always believed in having obituaries tell the story of the person, often saying everyone in a community should be able to be in the paper three times in their life: when they are born, when they die, and once in between. He often loved telling of the time he was “in” his hometown paper, at the age of 32.
Survivors include: wife, Teresa; two daughters: Lucy and Emily; parents: Elwood and Kathy Wilcox; sisters: Lori (Bill) Bristow and Jackie (Keith) Heironimus; nieces: Ashlyn, Brigette, Callie and Sydney; nephews: Heath and Ean Zomer; two special friends and employees: Ann Veldhuizen, Tiffany Baldwin and Rich Beitzel; and mentor/friend Jerry Wiseman.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Chris Jr. and Velma Hagen and Edward and Evelyn Wilcox.