William James "Bill" Wilcox

June 6, 1932April 11, 2019

William J. “Bill” Wilcox, 86, of Angola, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Bill was born on June 6, 1932 in Fremont, Indiana to Virgil and Mildred (Birchman) Wilcox.

He graduated from Orland High School in 1952, and later attended IPFW, and Ivy Tech, in Fort Wayne. Bill also served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.

Growing up Bill was a Boy Scout, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was awarded the Silver Beaver. He was involved in Sea Scouts in recent years. He was very active in the 4-H program, especially as an adult leader.

Bill married Sharon Hovarter on May 25, 1956 in Angola, Indiana.

He was a photographer and along with his wife Sharon, they owned Wilcox Photography in Steuben County for many years. He also served as circulation manager for the Herald-Republican, Angola, Indiana.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Wilcox of Angola, Indiana, children, William James Wilcox, II of Fremont, Indiana, Barry Alan (Melissa) Wilcox of Fremont, Indiana, Karin Wilcox of Tulalip, Washington, and Aimee (David) Biddle of Angola, Indiana, grandchildren, Ashlee (Kyle) Hoos, Alexandria Biddle, and Nicholas Biddle, a great-grandson, Carsen Hoos, and a brother-in-law, Dale (Teresa) Hovarter of Oklahoma.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John Edward Wilcox.

Calling hours will be held from 5-8 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Beams Funeral Home, with Pastor Rodger Strong officiating.

Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Orland, Indiana. Military honors will be conducted by the US Army and Fremont American Legion Cassel Post Color Guard.

Memorial donations in his memory may be directed to the Orland Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 116, Orland, IN 46776, Lake James Christian Camp & Retreat Center, 1880 W 275 N, Angola, IN 46703, or to the Boy Scouts of America, Send a Scout to Camp Fund, 8315 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.


  • Orland Church of the Nazarene
  • Lake James Christian Camp & Retreat Center
  • Boy Scouts of America, Send a Scout to Camp Fund


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2019

William James "Bill" Wilcox

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Jim Molebash

April 18, 2019

Bill’s heart for young people led to his unwavering support for youth organizations like 4H and Scouting.
Without his tireless promotion and relentless advocacy of Sea Scouting, there would be no Sea Scout ships in Northeastern Indiana.
He singlehandedly convinced the Central Region Sea Scout Committee to bring Seabadge training to the Anthony Wayne Area Council in 2012.
His efforts benefited hundreds of young people all across the Midwest.

Lee Bracey

April 17, 2019

I always looked forward to seeing my friend Bill when he came out to take the group picture at Lake James Camp. God bless Bill and his whole family too.
Lee & Vivian Bracey

Tammy Campbell

April 16, 2019

Bill is the reason we got to scout with our sons again! He introduced us to venturing and eventually Sea Scouting. I will never forget the look on Bill's face when he suggested I start a sea scout ship and my reply was, in Indiana?!? He quickly schooled me in how I could absolutely have a ship in Indiana and we've had one ever since! I will miss his smile and knowledge of our program!

Jay Herbrand

April 15, 2019

To Friends and Family of Bill,
I will never forget the Sundays I would talk to Bill at Camp Chief Little Turtle outside the dining hall as he would take pictures of Units attending Camp that week. We would catch up on what was going on for both of us. He was a great volunteer for Scouting and contributed greatly with his time, talents and Ideas of how Scouting could be better in NE Indiana and Anthony Wayne Area Council. He will be missed.
Jay Herbrand
Former Scoutmaster, Camp Director, and Scouter in Pokagon District and Anthony Wayne Area Council
Now a Scouting Volunteer in Merced, CA.