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James Henry "Duck" Wilcox

Obituary for James Henry "Duck" Wilcox

December 16, 1922 - December 30, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 95

A hearty member of the Greatest Generation...


A man who loved God, family and country, James Henry Wilcox, known as Duck to his friends died December 30 at age 95. A hearty member of the Greatest Generation, he survived World War II to live a long life of giving back to others, imprinting his soft-spoken nature, strength and generosity on generations to come.

Duck was born in Birmingham Alabama on December 16, 1922. He enlisted in the Marines at the age of 17 and served with the 1st Marine Division for five years, including four months in the battle for Guadalcanal. He married the love of his life, Letha Wardine Walker, on February 11, 1943, while at home on leave and remained happily married for 74 years.

After his discharge from the Marines and return to Alabama, he worked for the U.S. government at Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile. In 1965, he was transferred to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. The Wilcox family became Texans and loved it, but remained loyal Alabama Crimson Tide fans. As part of the Air Logistics Division, he was honored with several service awards before retiring after 33 years. Duck was selected to be among the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. spending three days touring with other war veterans.

Duck was a member of Trinity Methodist Church for more than 40 years, a Master Mason for over 65 years, and as a member of the Alzafar Shrine was active in the Hospital Corp, driving children to Shriner Hospitals in Houston and Galveston. Additionally, he was a member of Circus Roustabout, and Drum and Bugle Corp, Optimist Club and longtime member of Disabled American Veterans and the VFW.

During the last 30 years of his life, Duck was a Blue Bird Auxiliary volunteer at the Methodist Hospital. Known as "Mr Duck" he really enjoyed his four-day-a-week "job" of escorting patients and served a term as their president. He was honored to be selected as The Methodist Healthcare Grace Ann Durr Humanitarian Award Winner in 2011.

Duck was an active member of the Northwest Seniors in Leon Valley, calling/playing Bingo and had fun traveling with this group of friends.

He enjoyed family, music, his yard of pecan trees, reading, traveling (always with a map) or anything else his Bride Wardine wanted to do as long as he was with her.

The family will receive visitors at the viewing from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Tuesday January 9th at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Avenue in San Antonio. Burial will be at 9:15 AM Wednesday January 10th at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 11 AM at Trinity Methodist Church, 6800 Wurzbach Road.

He was preceded in death by his mother Vera Moor, father James Henry Wilcox, son-in-law Fred Scheben and grandson James Scheben. He is survived by his widow, Letha Wardine; three daughters, Jane Greer and husband Bob, Marie Zenner and husband Mike, and Sue Scheben; his grandchildren Eric and Jonathan Greer, Scott and Greg Zenner, Brian Scheben and Amanda Halpain; plus, great grandchildren; Grace and Alexander Greer, Kinley and Madalyn Zenner, Lily and Luke Scheben, Ella and Cooper Halpain, Avery Zenner.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Alzheimer's Research at or Shriner's Hospital for Children at

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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