John Harry Schlickau was born on April 15, 1948, to Harry G. and Lucille B. (Raymond) Schlickau in Harper. His family lived on a farm northwest of Argonia, and this is where John and his sister, Jane Ann, grew up. John went to the Moffett Country School until he started attending school in Norwich in the third grade. He graduated from Norwich High School with the class of 1966. John went on to Kansas State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1970.
On June 26, 1971, John was united in marriage with Jane Marie Wessels in Mulvane. The couple made their home on the same farmstead where John was raised. This union was blessed with two children, Jessica and Gabe. After he lived 54 years on the farm, John and his bride moved into the town of Argonia in 2002.
A lifelong farmer and rancher, John was a member of the Kansas Hereford Association and Kansas Livestock Association. He raised and exhibited registered Herefords at local and national livestock shows. He also was an active member of the Harper County Fair Board and enjoyed being a leader for 4-H. John attended the Zion Lutheran Church all his life. When the church was moved from the country into town in 1948, John became the first member to be baptized in the new building. In 2002, he became the Deacon of the Church.
John passed away at home on Jan. 3, 2018, at the age of 69 years, 8 months, and 19 days. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lucille; his brother-in-law, John Bert Clark; and his nephews, Thad and Matthew Clark. John is survived by his wife, Jane, of the home; daughter, Jessica Jensen and her husband, Chris, of Burrton; son, Gabe Schlickau and his wife, Emily, of Danville; grandchildren, Brock and Addison Jensen, and Harry and Lena Schlickau; sister, Jane Ann Clark of Independence, Mo.; other relatives; his church family; and many friends.
Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Harper County Fair Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
His funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Argonia with the Rev. Rick Hathaway officiating. Congregational songs were “Blessed Assurance,” “Rock of Ages,” “The Lamb,” and “I am Jesus Little Lamb.” Kay Troyer was the organist.
Interment followed at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery north of Argonia.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 613 W. 14th, Harper, KS 67058, was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com.