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Leonard Wickhorst

April 30, 1941 — June 28, 2022

Leonard "Wick" D. Wickhorst born April 30, 1941, put the pedal to the metal and hot footed it out of here on June 28, 2022.

He was born in American Falls, Idaho, to Howard Wickhorst and Vera Ester Kramer Wickhorst. He was the first child, followed by two sisters: Doris (stillborn) Dorothy (Dot). Being the character that he was, he jokingly said, "I wanted a puppy instead."

He enjoyed boating, waterskiing, trail bikes, camping, racing motorcycles, snow machines, 4 wheelers and bowling.

He had a love for classic cars and had a collection of more than 300 die cast models. He was a member of the GoldWing Road Riders Association and the Classic Car Club. He won several awards for his 1990 custom GoldWing motorcycle that he converted to a trike with a matching trailer that he custom built.

He attended Idaho State College Trade and Tech for 3 years. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a carman, retiring after 30 Years of service. During this time he started Wickhorst Enterprises Inc. which consisted of Falls Mobile Estates Park, landscaping, nursery, gift shop, sprinkler installation and the first commercial snow removal business in American Falls.

In 1986 he married his soulmate and the love of his life, Linda Carlson. She had three children Lorrie, Michael and Nick, and a grandson, Dylan. Linda passed away in 1999.

He married Joyce Jarvis in 2000, Leonard married into a non-traditional family and earned the title of "Father" and "Grandfather" from her six children and their families.

He didn't have any children of his own but he chose to fill the role of "Dad" to Danny and Julie Austin and "Grandpa" to their children. He loved them as his own. After Leonard suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with dementia, they continued to pick him up and take him to coffee at the Mason Jar. It was a ritual they had done for years. He treasured the many hours they spent together traveling to car shows, talking about classic cars, automotives, telling stories and lies.

Leonard is preceded in death by his mother-Vera, father-Howard, sister-Doris, wife-Linda, stepson-Cory Riding, stepson-in-law Douglas Czerwinski and grandson Jeremy Peterson.

Survived by wife Joyce Wickhorst, children Tawna (Gary) Padfield, Ronda (Jeff) Peterson, Lori (Dave) Bates, April Czerwinski, Troy Riding, Danny (Julie) Austin, sister Dorothy Reed, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other extended family.

There will be a private graveside service for family and friends. Final resting place - Springfield, Idaho.

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