R. David Wick

July 18, 1938 ~ August 4, 2019 (age 81)


R. David Wick died peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 4, 2019.  He was born July 18, 1938 to Harold and Agnes Wick in Duluth MN.  David graduated from East High School in 1956.  He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy having served his duty at sea in the Pacific Far East.

David was a lifelong Duluth resident.  David and Janet lived in Sarasota, FL. in the winter and at the cabin in Iron River, WI during the summer.


David started Guardian Pest Solution in 1966.  He also owned The Pawn Broker on E. Fourth Street.   He retired in 2001 and turned Guardian over to his sons.  He was extremely proud of how they have grown the family business.  He loved to work and be involved in the action of the business world.  He loved the challenges.  David could never get use to not working and always had projects either in mind, on the planning board or in the process of development or construction. 


David was a member of First Lutheran Church, Siesta Key Chapel, National Pest Control Assn., National Pawnbrokers Assn., MN, WI, MI Pest Control Assn., Lake Superior Lodge 349, AAD Shriners International, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J. USA, and the Dune Buggy Patrol. 

Dave fought heart disease, anal melanoma, diabetes and survived them all for many years.  His answer to a long life was when God wants me, he’ll take me.  He felt blessed by God to have lived a long happy productive life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Richard (Doris), Stanley (Lucille), sister Maron La Fortune (Edward), father and mother in-law Kenneth and Viola Severson, brother in-law Donald Halvorson. 

David is survived by his wife Janet of 59 years, daughter Lisa Becker, sons Jeffrey Wick (Molly), and Jason Wick (Tanya); grandsons Andrew and Eric Becker and Miles and Max Wick; granddaughters Ava and Annika Wick; sister Beverly Halvorson; sister in-law Yvonne Rolder (Charles); and many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION:  Monday, August 12, 2019 from 10-11 AM, followed at 11 AM by the funeral service at First Lutheran Church, 1100 East Superior Street.  Burial will be in Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery, Hermantown.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice in memory of David.  The family would like to thank the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital ICU and Dr. David Arvold.  Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, 218-727-3555

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August 12, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church

Memorial Service
August 12, 2019

11:00 AM
First Lutheran
1100 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802


First Lutheran Church
1100 East Superior Street, Duluth MN 55802
Tel: 1-218-728-3668

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