Russell E. Wickham

December 20, 1928 ~ June 21, 2020 (age 91)


Russell E. Wickham, 91, of Weirton, WV passed away peacefully Sunday, June 21, 2020  at home with his family.  He was born December 20, 1928 in Fernwood, the son of the late Stanley & Ora Mellinger Wickham. Russell was a 1946 graduate of Wintersville High School and attended both Ohio University and The Ohio State University.  He served his country in the US Army and earned the prestigious C.I.D. Badge for his service in the Korean War.

Upon returning from his service in Korea, Russell began a career in banking.  He started as a teller at the Peoples Bank of Weirton, becoming the bank’s President in 1977.  He would complete his career as Senior Vice President of the Bank of Weirton, retiring in 1992.

Russell was involved in many civic organizations. His memberships include Steubenville Masonic Lodge 45 F & AM; Treasurer of the Weirton United Way; Advisory Board of the Weirton Salvation Army; Weirton Elks Club; VFW 2716 and Williams Country Club.  He was also very proud to serve as President of the Weirton Rotary Club during which he received the Paul Harris Award.

Russell was a charter member of the Starkdale Presbyterian Church, proudly serving as both a Deacon and Elder.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Russell enjoyed many hobbies including playing Bridge; golf, traveling, gardening and “washing everyone’s car.”

Russell will be sadly missed by many friends and family.  He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Rita Jean Eagon Wickham; son Gary (Jill) Wickham; daughter Carolyn (Larry) Yacovazzi; 5 grandchildren Sarah Wickham, Adam Wickham, Nicholas Yacovazzi,  Jill Carnicom and Marc Yacovazzi; 2 great-grandchildren  Brantley and Carina Carnicom and sister Helen Mathieu Unsold.  In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his  granddaughter Lauren Yacovazzi.

Friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville Ohio on Wednesday 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Carl Moore officiating. Burial at Fort Steuben.          

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