40 Years Too Soon

I was born at least 40 years too soon. I believe the young folks now days have a much better chance of finding themselves than when I was a young guy. The new generation is asking questions and expecting answers. They live in a more enlightened world. But things were different in my "B.S." days (before Sugar). You were expected to remain a dumb cluck until somehow you found the right girl. Then after the marriage vows, you were supposed to have instant knowledge of the whole darn works of life and live happily ever after.

"Restless Days" Kik-Backs p.2


All I Could Think About

When I got old enough to shave, all I could think about was how to raise wheat instead of heck. But as time passed, even a field of waving grain couldn’t hold my attention all of the time. Soon I could hardly wait until Sunday came around to join the ball team that played down in Lybecker’s flat. There were girls there watching us guys play ball. I got down there too late to join the courting rat-race. All the girls were paired off and going steady with sprouting future farmers. That left me, all alone with my Model T, a jar of peanut butter, and no place to go after the game.

"Restless Days" Kik-Backs, p.2


Sugar Kik, also Walt

Walt Kik Obituary

Kik, Walter:  “Rocklyn.—Graveside service for Walter (Walt) Kik, 93, took place Monday, Nov 18, (2002) at the Rocklyn Cemetery at Davenport. A memorial service is scheduled Saturday, Nov 23, at 10;30 a.m. at the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W Fort Wright Drive, Spokane, with a buffet luncheon to follow. Mr Kik died Nov 13 in Davenport.  Best known for his ‘free thinking and independent spirit’ he wrote columns for the Davenport Times, Wilbur Register and Odessa Record, which he compiled into three Kik-back books. He belonged to the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church and the Humanist Society.  He also loved to run and finished first in his age group at Spokane’s Bloomsday while he was in his 80s. He also participated in the Bare Buns Run and was a 4-H leader and supporter of youth programs.  He and his wife were Davenport’s Honored Couple during the 2001 Pioneer Days celebration.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Peak.  He leaves his wife of 63 years, Esther (Sugar) Kik, at the home; sisters-in-law, Edwina (and George) Mielke of Davenport and Beryl Deppner of Wenatchee; a brother-in –law, Art (and Sharon) Deppner of Davenport; and several nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home handled arrangements.” 
(Davenport Times: 11-21-2002)

Sugar (Esther) Kik