Daniel Roi Wilcox


Dan Wilcox, Organic Gardner, Musician, Naturalist
November 24, 1948 April 3, 2019

Daniel Roi Wilcox, aged 70, passed away of natural causes at his home in Carlton, PA April 3, 2019. Pennsylvania Born in Warren, Ohio to parents Henry Eugene Wilcox and Grace Alice (Michel) Wilcox, Dan graduated from Cochranton Area Joint High School in 1966 and later attended the University of Maryland. As a young man Wilcox traveled extensively in California, Mexico, and Guatemala, and in the 1980's, returned to Pennsylvania where he designed and built his passive solar underground home on 73 acres in a beautiful remote location in Carlton where he raised his family and spent the rest of his life. Over the years, Wilcox served as a general contractor. He was an avid vegetarian and gardener, practicing sustainable organic gardening, providing for himself, as well as growing and distributing his own organic shiitake mushrooms and produce to restaurants and groceries in Western Pennsylvania. Wilcox was a self-taught musician, playing and recording his own pieces professionally on the folk harp and 12-string guitar, entertaining in local venues such as the Wilhelm Winery. Wilcox shared his love of the natural life, hosting frequent spiritual retreats at his home over the past 50 years.

His children, Nathan Roi Wilcox and Autumn Grace Wilcox and their mother, his former wife Jennifer (Derugen) Wilcox, survive Wilcox. Also surviving are his son in law Nicholas Strauch, his brother and sister-in law Michel Paul and Beth Wilcox of Cochranton, his sister Muriel Suzanne (Wilcox) Lange and brother-in-law Paul Lange of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, his brother-in-law Steve Kish of Stoneboro, and by nieces, nephews, and cousins from both sides of his family. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Karen Anne (Wilcox) Kish of Stoneboro, Pennsylvania.

A private memorial service will be held for family at a date to be announced later. Throughout his life, Dan had many beloved pets. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be donated in his name to the local branch of the ASPCA.

Arrangement entrusted to Robert L. Snyder Funeral home and Crematory, Inc. Sheakleyville
Published on April 11, 2019
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Apr 15, 2019
Summer won’t be the same without him. Here he is teaching us what goldenseal looks like growing wild after picking some chanterelle mushrooms with us.
Sister Suzy Lange
Apr 14, 2019
Brother Dan, We spend the last few decades at a distance. I remember you worked like a dog at home on the farm and you were always up to the demand, driving tractor, bailing hay, doing barn work. You hated it and loved it best when it was over, determining that you had earned the right to party choosing to experiment , travel and take risks. You worked hard to build your home and lived off the land with a little help from your friends. You taught yourself music on Mom’s old piano, and made your own music that entertained others and gave you joy. Be at peace now brother.
Bruce Vinikas - Orlando Florida
Apr 13, 2019
Brother on the Spiritual Path, an inspiration, a true Renaissance Man of The Enlightened Age who could do it all - art, music, science, agriculture - in the way of DaVinci or the Founding Fathers. Dan taught me that no one is free when others are oppressed. Love you then, now and forever Dear Brother.
Apr 12, 2019
Brother Dan... always in our hearts. He touched so many lives.
Brian Burch
Apr 12, 2019
Rest in Peace old friend. Prayers for the family.
Sonny Derugen
Apr 12, 2019
I will always remember the good times we shared may you rest in peace Daniel
Dale Oakes
Apr 12, 2019
Remember playing music with Dan in HS and years thereafter. Many great memories. He will be missed.
Nancy Martin
Apr 12, 2019
Dan enriched the lives of my family and me so very much. Always so kind and generous with his home paradise, with his time, his teachings, and his great love for all Beings. Beloved Brother Dan, you are greatly missed and forever loved. Soar high and free. Thank you. Deep gratitude.
Roman Amon
Apr 12, 2019
Dan was a fine gentle man
Enjoyed jammin with him on several occasions
The things you learn about a person in their obituary
That you never knew in the 40+ years you know a guy
Max Schang
Apr 12, 2019
Though I only knew you in passing I will always remember your gentle way,your sense of humor and your beautiful music.RIP good sir.
Apr 12, 2019
i went to Joint High School too
Daniel Zischkau
Apr 12, 2019
Dan was a good man. I am going to miss my friend. Condolences to family and friends!
Sandy Wilcox Toney
Apr 12, 2019
Dan was so special to our family. We loved him dearly.