William Bicknese, 90, of Wykoff

William “Bill” Charles Bicknese, 90, of Wykoff, died on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Ostrander Care and Rehab Center.

He was born on Aug. 21, 1928, the son of William Henry and Hollis (Silker) Bicknese at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was a 1946 graduate of Pillsbury Military Academy in Faribault, Minn.

On Dec. 6, 1946, he married the love of his life, Constance “Connie” Mosher in Winona.

He went on to attend Winona State University from 1946 to 1948 earning a degree in business.

He began working at his father’s grain elevator, which he then purchased in 1952. Upon retiring from the Bicknese Elevator and Mill in 1990, the business was sold to Joel and Joan Bicknese.

In 1965, he bought a Cessna airplane and joined the International Flying Farmers organization. He credits Donald Eickhoff for giving him the flying bug. The four of them took many trips together including Europe, Germany, Hawaii, Mexico and throughout the United States.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and volunteered with their food shelf for 30 years. He also volunteered at the Wykoff Historical Society. He liked being in the outdoors enjoying God’s creations, watching the sun rise and set, gardening, planting flowers, mowing the lawn and naming the constellations of stars. Every year he looked forward to the annual Canadian fishing trips with his friends Ivan Cady, Doug Emerson, Ozzie Erdman and others.

He was proud of his German heritage often singing or speaking German to his children and grandchildren. He and his wife never missed a chance to dance to the Blue Denim Farmers, of which his Uncle Walter and Cousin Wayne were members. They also treasured their many card club friends and activities.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Connie Bicknese of Wykoff; children, Steven (Dianne) Bicknese of Wykoff, Marilyn (Richard) Erdman of Wykoff, Nancy (Michael) Miller of Eden Prairie and Joel (Joan) Bicknese of Wykoff; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Carla (Raymond) Kaufmann of Deep Haven, Minn.; and brother-in-law, Donald Clutterbuck of Houston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his sister, LaDonna Clutterbuck, and a great-granddaughter, Scarlet Erdman.

A memorial service for him will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Online condolences may be left at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.