He was born in St. Paul, Minn., to Ludwig J. and Olga Wikre. He was a World War II veteran of the Navy, serving in the South Pacific and Okinawa and as a Seabee.
He and his wife moved to Tennessee, where he worked as a supervisor for Coca-Cola for many years, in 1971. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, making annual fishing trips to Canada, his favorite place. He enjoyed playing professional polo in his younger years. He and his wife loved traveling to auctions and antiquing together and also cruising to many parts of the world. He was a charter member of BridgeMakers. He attended the First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Glen Wikre; and two sisters: Harriet Isaacson and Margurite Martin.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Eloise Wikre; son, Lowell Wikre and spouse, Teresa, of Cookeville; daughter, Gail Klein of White Bear Lake, Minn.; grandchildren: Laura Klein of Wilmer, Minn. and Destiny and Logan Wikre of Cookeville; special nephew, Gary Isaacson of Stillwater, Minn.; several nieces and nephews; and also cousins of the Lauritz Dahl family in Norway.
The visitation will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home followed by a service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Johnny Hood officiating.
Interment will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. with military honors. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Children’s Missions or a charity of the donor’s choice.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Wikre family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.