Obituary for Daniel Wickliff

Dan Wickliff with a prize catch, a trout the size of a boat.

Daniel Wickliff, 64, of West Fork, died Oct. 20, 2022, of kidney cancer. He was born on March 5, 1958, in Ames, Iowa, to James and Mary Jo Wickliff.

In high school, Daniel was a member of the National Honor Society, and he served as president of Explorer Post 105. In the latter role, he organized hiking, camping, snow-skiing and orienteering trips for fellow members of the post.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from the University of Arkansas. He also was a member of the university’s Outdoor Recreation Club, going on overnight hikes along the Ozark Highlands Trail and the Buffalo River trails as part of its programming.

Daniel was an employee of Collier Drug Store for more than 25 years, prior to Collier’s closing of its photo section due to the rise of digital photography. He remained a photographer, though, working professionally throughout Washington County and Fayetteville.

He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. As a hunter, he progressed to more difficult methods and prey as his tracking ability and shooting skills grew, moving from traditional rifle to black powder guns and then compound bow. He hunted deer, rabbit, squirrel and dove among other game.

Dan Wickliff

As a fisherman, he waded and canoed the White, Illinois and Buffalo rivers and especially loved Lee Creek, which runs through part of his family’s property before continuing down the valley to Devil’s Den State Park. But he also traveled to the boundary waters of northern Minnesota as well as separate trips into Canada for fishing expeditions.

Daniel was survived by his wife, Ashley Wickliff; his parents; his brother, David Wickliff; and sister, Diana Hicks.

A drop-in visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Moore’s Chapel Funeral Home in Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Washington Regional Hospice. You may sign an online guestbook at

Dan Wickliff on a bluff overlooking the Buffalo National River, about 1979.