Christopher Allen "Chris" Whicker, 44, Sheridan, passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, 2019 at Riverview Health in Noblesville surrounded by his loving family. He fought a long and courageous battle against kidney disease for more than 20 years during which he received two transplants.

Born June 9, 1975 in Noblesville, Ind., he was the son of Mark Allen and Cindy Ann (Alexander) Whicker.

He was a 1995 graduate of Sheridan High School and a 1997 graduate of ITT Technical Institute where he earned his degree in architectural design. He went to work with Carmel Cabinetry and was with the company for the about seven years before retiring due to his illness.

Anyone who knew Mr. Whicker knew that family came first; his kids were his life.  He had a passion for sports and an even deeper love of the Sheridan Blackhawk and Sheridan Rec. programs. Combine that passion with his commitment to his family, and you have the makings of a dedicated coach. Whatever sport the boys were involved in, he was a part of it. When he wasn’t busy coaching, he enjoyed taking the time to do a little fishing. When it was time for NASCAR to start up for the season, Mr. Whicker was sure to have the TV on watching Jeff Gordon fly around the track. He also loved going downtown and watching the Indians play. Sports and family weren't his only pastimes - somewhere along the way he got hooked on Game of Thrones and that trumped any other Sunday night plans.

Survivors include his loving parents, Mark and Cindy Whicker of Sheridan; his two sons, Drew Allen Whicker and Austin Matthew Whicker, both of Sheridan; his daughter, Palynn Reese - Ann Shotts of Greenwood; his current wife, Julie Shotts-Whicker; his former wife, Crystal Kinkead; and his many, many, many cousins, aunts and uncles who will always miss his loving nature, as well as his razor-sharp wit, which was usually at their expense. Mr. Whicker is also survived by his dog Phoebe, who misses her dad dearly.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Irma (Campbell) Whicker; and his maternal grandparents, Rusty and Maggie (Burton) Alexander.

Services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from 3 p.m. until the time of service. The Rev. V.J. Stover will be officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, or to the Jack Griffin Children's Christmas Party Fund (benefiting the children of the Sheridan community) c/o the Farmers Bank, Sheridan, Ind.