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Wilbur E. Haycox, 76, of Columbus, passed away at 5:12 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Columbus Regional Hospital Emergency Room.
Wilbur was born May 30, 1938, in Bethlehem, Indiana, to the late Chauncey R. and Virgie Skinner Haycox. As a young child, Wilbur almost died from rheumatic fever. Doctors said he would never see his 21st birthday yet he lived to age 76.
In the 1960s he was shot out of cannon at a carnival at the 25th Street Fairgrounds.
Wilbur worked as a landscaper, then at Golden Foundry and then the hospital, walking to work in the dark to help prepare breakfast every morning for 45 years. His doctors said walking kept him healthy. His work attendance was nearly perfect as someone said "Due to his reliable transportation - his own two feet!" He never drove, walking everywhere, making new friends all over town.
When the flood of '08 hit the hospital, he worked outside in the food tent in the heat of the summer, serving clean-up workers.
Wilbur enjoyed making candles but stopped when he almost burned down his home, one of his stories he liked to tell.
He kept busy mowing yards for his long-time customers, even to the very day of his passing.
Wilbur enjoyed making candles, refinishing antiques, country music and bluegrass music.
Funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Reverend Charles Aigner officiating.
Family and friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Love Chapel, 311 Center Street, Columbus, IN 47201.
Wilbur is survived by his brother, Rallon "Ronnie" Haycox of New Washington; a niece, Brenda Finley; his companion, Paulette Sexton of Columbus; a nephew, Brian Sexton of Columbus; friend, Nancy Menefee; and several great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters, Earl Haycox, Kenneth Haycox, Iva Haycox, Jessie Haycox, Vincent Haycox, Della Haycox, Palmyra Haycox, Marjorie Haycox, Lolla Belle Haycox, Ollie Haycox, and Bill Vest.
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