William "Curt" Wonicker

April 20, 1936April 3, 2014
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William “Curt” Wonicker, 77, of Naples and Jacksonville, Florida, died April 3, 2014, at Community Hospice in St. Vicent’s Hospital. He served in the Marine Corps and retired from the U.S. Navy as Lt. Commander after serving 27 years with the military. His military career includes Operations Officer for Riverine Task Force (CTF-115) in Vietnam; Flag Lt/Aide to the Admiral in Pearl Harbor and assisted in the Apollo 13 recovery operation and Operations Officer for the Naval Base in Adak, Alaska. Additionally, he was an Airborne Electronic Warfare Officer and served two tours with VQ-2 in Rota, Spain. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. He was employed with Information Spectrum in Washington, DC for thirteen years as a Logistics Manager in Foreign Military Sales and retired to Naples, Florida, in 1995. In his retirement in Naples he was a substitute teacher with the Collier County School System; a flight instructor at the Naples Airport and real estate investor. Curt was a 1953 graduate of Landon High School and was a member of the football team. He graduated from Valdosta State College and received his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He was preceded in death by his parents Otto and Ruby Wonicker and brother Karl Wonicker. He is survived by his sons William Ashley and Eric Curtis, sisters Bertha Jeanne Wonicker Williams, Mari Wonicker Riggins and Martha Wonicker Duensing and numerous nephews and nieces. Celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Elizabeth Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church located 1620 Naldo Avenue in southside. The family request that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made in his memory to a charity of choice or any military support organization. Please Sign the guestbook at www.hardage-giddens-oaklawn-chapel HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 12, 2014

William "Curt" Wonicker

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April 14, 2014

We have been out of town and sorry to say we missed the funeral services. We attended High School together, but lived lived in the same neighborhood during Jr & Sr High School, and spent many afternoon playing football in a vacant lot in our neighborhood. He will be missed, a great man and a life long friend.
Margaret Ruth (Kelly) & Bob Bachman

April 14, 2014

Our deepest condolences to the family. I am Betty Grimm Guynn from Beach Blvd. My phone number is (912)-496-3618. Call any time. Would love to talk to you. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. William and Betty Guynn

Margie & Harry Whittaker

April 13, 2014

We wish the family comfort as you celebrate Curt's life and contributions to us all and regret that we can not be there.

lyle & emily dunn

April 8, 2014

I enjoyed many flights with Curt, he was my good friend. He will be sadly missed

Lyle & Emily Dunn

April 8, 2014

I enjoyed many flights with Curt, and he was my good friend. Will be sadly missed.

April 8, 2014

Our sincerest condolences to the family of Curtis. May he live forever in your hearts.
Love ya!
Charles & Cathy Arnold

April 7, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss as well as ours. Curt was a good friend. In his honor we will sip on a little Glenfiddich on Saturday as our times together are remembered and we will smile.

Susan and Gene Doswell ( Camarillo,CA)

Bob & Barb Sydell

April 6, 2014

We offer heartfelt condolences to all of the family and friends. We remember our times with Curt, especially the airplane rides and Blue Angel posters. Our boys were so impressed with Curt. He certainly lived a full and inspiring life. RIP.