Philip Wayne Wick, “Red” a legendary musician, 77, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born on May 29, 1938 in Albion, IL to Floyd and Phyllis “Louise” Wick who preceded him in death.
He graduated from Decker High School and was a U. S. Army
veteran. He and his wife of 30 years, Brenda, reside in Princeton, IN where he
has lived for most of his life.
Wick began his music career at a young age, but by age 15 he went from a boy who loathed playing piano to a young man who yearned to be a musician. Wick has shared his love and passion for his God-given gift with so many since the age of 15, whether through performance or teaching. He went to the Music Conservatory at Indiana State University and finished his degree at Thomas Edison State College. His musical journey has taken him all over the country where he has performed with some of the most iconic musical figures such as Ray Charles, Bob Hope, Mel Torme’, Rosemary Clooney, Fats Domino, The Letterman, Pat Boone, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Della Reese, Mills Brothers, Tammy Wynette, Boots Randolph, Blood Sweat and Tears, George Jones, The Four Freshmen, and many more. Wick played at The Club in Birmingham, AL, Three Coins, Executive Inn, The Petroleum Club, The Kennel Club, and many others. For the last 28 years, Wick taught music at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, IL as well as private piano and violin students in his home. Additionally, he played piano at the United Presbyterian Church in Princeton.
Music was Red’s gift to the world given by God, he was a member of the Patoka United Methodist Church; however, his life’s meaning was his family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; his daughter,
Lisa (Steve) McLean; his son, Greg (April) Wick; his step-sons, Scott (Melissa)
Wathen and Todd (Karen) Wathen;
his grandchildren, Misty Wick, Brittany (Justin) Peters, Conner McLean; his
step-grandchildren, Jacob, Veronica, Asher and Ayden Wathen;
and three great-grandchildren, Emma, Jackson and James Peters; his brothers,
Brian (Sue) Wick and John L. (Sandra) Wick.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Hillside United Methodist Church, 828 W Archer Road, Princeton, IN with Rev. Randy Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at the Columbia White Church Cemetery in Princeton, where the Retired Military Veterans will conduct full military rites.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday at the Hillside United Methodist Church. Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton has been entrusted with the arrangements.