Lillie “Fern” Wickham (Banzhag) died peacefully near Alliance, Nebraska on May 5, 2020 at the age of 91.

Fern is survived by her brother Arlo (LaVonne) Banzhaf of Cambridge, brother-in-law George Wickham of Hemingford, daughter Linda(Steven) Lulow of Alliance, son Roger (Terry) Kotschwar of Alliance, Step-sons Rick (Carol) Wickham of Alliance, Steve (Sue) Wickham of Kearney, Step-daughter Debbie Wickham of Colorado. 18 Grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Fern was born on August 14, 1928 in Cozad, Nebraska to Delbert Banzhaf and Ava Alma Doby (Banzhaf). She graduated from Curtis High School in 1945. She married Garland Dale (Bud), in 1964. After moving to Alliance, Nebraska, she was an active member of the community by volunteering for various organizations including Box Butte General Hospital and elementary schools within Alliance Public School District.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, husband Garland (Bud) Wickham, daughter Dianna Schommer, Step-daughter Becky Wickham, Brothers-in-law Dever Wickham and Joe Wickham.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

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