H. Andy Wick was born into the loving family of Harold and Ruth Wick on October 13th, 1951. At the time of his birth, he had two sisters, Kaye and Leslye, but soon a little brother, Charles, arrived to make the Wick family complete. Andy was raised on a farm at the south end of Cedaredge where fond childhood memories were created, mostly stemming from the childhood adventures of these two rambunctious brothers, but also with cousins and friends. While attending high school, Andy loved sports, so he played football, basketball and ran in track. As the Senior class President, he graduated with his class in 1970 and continued his education at Mesa State.
In 1971, Andy married his high school sweetheart, Polly Jo Hartig. The next year, at the encouragement of Polly Jo’s parents, they began their lifelong commitment to building a successful dairy farm. Although most days were full of work and things to do, the love in the Wick household was abundant. Andy and Polly Jo raised three children, Jeff (Melody), Sarah (Eric), and Matt, and are grandparents to 9 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Andy was a true advocate for agriculture, especially for the dairy and beef industries. He spent decades serving on local, regional/state, and national beef and dairy boards. He was the President of two local ditch companies, where his knowledge of the ditch systems should have been recorded. For the lifetime commitment Andy gave to agriculture, he most recently received the great honor of being an inductee into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Delta County Livestock Association.
Andy loved his “church family” at the Eckert Presbyterian Church, where he was a member and currently served as a Deacon. He embraced every person there and greeted each with his great smile and a hand shake or hug. He was genuinely concerned about every friend, whether they be at church or elsewhere. Andy’s weekly joy in life was getting together with special friends to play pool, where great camaraderie was created.
There will be a private memorial service, which will be streamed and recorded at www.taylorfuneralservice.com following November 25, 2023. A Celebration of Life service, where all will be welcome to join in fellowship and share their stories about Andy, will take place early next summer. Memorial gifts can be sent to the Eckert Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 7, Eckert, CO 81418 or to the Cedaredge FFA, c/o Cedaredge High School, 575 SE Deer Creek Dr., Cedaredge, CO 81413.
Although his death has brought great sorrow, every day with Andy was a true, true blessing.