Wayne Louis Ikonen
March 19, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
Wayne Louis Ikonen, 69, died April 3, 2013 from complications of cancer. A longtime resident of Lampasas County, he spent many years in the in oil industry in Texas and Montana. More recently he was a property manager in Susanville, Calif., before moving back to Tow in 2011. He also worked in the construction trades, and was an extraordinary and intuitive vehicle mechanic. "He could work on anything with wheels and pistons,” said his brother Stan Ikonen.
His avocation was long-range shooting and gunsmithing. He attended every gunsmithing class offered at Lassen County Community College in Susanville, and was successful in the repair, restoration and building of weapons. He also was an accomplished angler, never missing an opportunity to cast a lure in Lake Buchanan or Hat Creek in the Cascade Mountains of Northern California.
Mr. Ikonen was a 1962 graduate of Lampasas High School.
Wayne is preceded in death by his father Edward Wayne Ikonen and his stepfather Jack Johnson.
He is survived by his wife Sandra Gay Ikonen of Tow, six children Becky Underwood of Huston, Beverly Miller of Cushing, Jackie Ikonen of Reno, Patti Reed of Lampasas, Misty Ikonen of Chicago, and Louis Ikonen of Cedar Park—16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Other survivors include his mother, Billie Johnson of Lampasas, sister Nancy Faught of Lampasas, brother Stanley Ikonen of Bluemont, Va., and many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces.
At his request no services will be held.
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