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November 18, 2018

10/20/2018 7:30:00 AM
Jeffrey Allen Wilcox

Senior Chief Jeffrey Allen Wilcox of Chesapeake, Virginia, passed away suddenly Oct. 5, 2018, in the Du Paul Hospital in Norfolk, Va. He was surrounded by his loving family and close friends.

Jeff was born May 23, 1969, in Rhinelander, to Lloyd and Charlotte (Roberts) Wilcox, life-long residents of Pine Lake.

He is survived by his parents, wife Maryhelen, son Mason, daughter Kennedy and many family members and friends who will greatly miss him.

Attending Pine Lake Elementary School, among his favorite teachers were Tom Doyle and Roger Saari.

Going on to Rhinelander Junior High and Senior High Schools, one of his favorites was shop teacher Bill Kaul. Jeff graduated in 1987. While in high school he enjoyed swimming and football; as soon as fall came he could hardly wait to start football practice. That love shifted to the Green Bay Packers and he followed them diligently all these years.

After graduation Jeff enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, Marathon Center in Wausau, then transferred to the UW-La Crosse Campus, where he played lacrosse on the college team. In 1991, Jeff decided to join the United States Navy, and there continue his education.

During his basic training at San Diego California he met the love of his life, Maryhelen Frank, at a Super Bowl party. They were married at Grace Foursquare Church in Rhinelander on Oct. 1, 1994. They had just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary.

Beginning his Navy career of 26 years, he enrolled in IDC School (Independent Duty Corpsman), graduating at the top of his class. In 2010 Jeff received promotion to the rank of Senior Chief. He was deployed many times over the years, traveling all over the world, to all seven continents. Some favorites were Finland and two treks to Antarctica as a Corpsman. Moving every three years, he and his family lived in Jacksonville, N.C., Charleston, S.C., Norfolk, Va., Newport News, Va., Memphis, Tenn., Washington D.C. and Chesapeake, Va.; where they have lived since he retired just one year ago.

Growing up, Jeff faithfully attended Grace Foursquare Church with his family; blessed by the Pastoral care of Reverend Robert and Betty Anderson, whom he so admired. During his young years, he attended Crescent Lake Bible Camp; there his favorite leader was Reverend Henry Boynton, who led them on nature hikes in the woods.

As a youth, he was part of the Grace Foursquare Youth Group, enjoying the leadership of young men such as Rev. Greg Everson. Among his close group of friends as he journeyed through his teens were Troy Norton, Dave Michalski, Roger Robbins, Mike Melau and Tyler Marcell.

Jeff's love for animals led to animal shelter adoptions where he found his all-time favorite dog, "Dixie."

He had a fun sense of humor and liked to tease.

Above all, he loved his wife and family and became fully involved in fatherhood. Enjoying such antics as sprinkling flour on pillows (for angel dust from tooth fairy), placing bunny prints leading away from their Easter Baskets, writing letters to Santa, etc. He even had a swimming pool installed so he could play there with them for hours when they were young.

One of his favorite hobbies was building things for his wife. He was an avid baker, and liked cooking holiday meals.

Jeff was also a loving son, and honored his parents in every way. Though living far away, he never lost touch. Jeff's life was his family and the United States Navy.

Always a very giving person, Jeff gave the ultimate gift when he signed the National Donor Registry. He will go on giving longer and better life to others for many years.

Jeff leaves behind his parents, Lloyd and Charlotte Wilcox; wife Maryhelen; son Mason, 21, who honored his Dad in a special way when he joined the Navy in 2018, as an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal Tech) and daughter Kennedy, 15; sister Ginger (Todd) Saari; nieces Finlee and Wyndi Saari; nephews Carson and Cooper Saari; his Uncle Fran Wilcox, Aunt Donna (Wilcox) Binder, Uncle Jim (Carol) Roberts, Aunt Cheryl (Roberts) Bates, Uncle Chuck (Brenda) Roberts, Aunt Bonnie (Dumprope) Wilcox; cousins and other relatives and friends.

Jeff will be welcomed in heaven by Grandpa Paul and Grandma Kathleen Boyer, who were instrumental in him joining the Navy; Aunt Marilyn (Roberts) Wilcox, who was so helpful in raising him; Pastor Robert Anderson, who implanted the Word of God and love of family in his heart, and Dan Frank, father-in-law, who graciously gave his daughter to Jeff in 1994.

On Oct. 8, 2018 a full Military Memorial Service was held in Chesapeake, Va.

A service to honor Jeff's memory will be held at Grace Foursquare Church in Rhinelander on Oct. 27, 2018 at 11 a.m.

All family and friends are invited.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Article comment by: Tracy Skubal

Prayers to all of Jeffs family and friends. I grew up by Jeff and his family and always knew he was a good person, and would make a great father and husband. He was kind and gentle and would always seem to be standing tall protecting his little sister if he had too. We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Heaven's Angel will have eternal life.

Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Article comment by: Bruce & Jean Reinke

so sorry for your loss. Our prayers our with you at this time.

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