Born March 6, 1922 in North Baltimore, he was the son of Ira and Mary (McCory) Wirick.
Mr. Wirick graduated from Wittenburg University in 1944, where he was a member of Kappa Phi Kappa Fraternity. He did his post graduate work at Columbia University.
He then was a principal at Ottawa Hills High School before becoming a supervisor of teachers in the Cleveland area.
He taught language arts to gifted children and was a member of the Ohio Council International Reading Association.
In 1960, he became professor of special education at KSU, retiring in 1977. Upon his retirement, he became a consultant for Zaner Bloser, a handwriting specialist, and for Newsweek.
Survivors include nieces, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Crow of Wapakoneta, and Joanna Wirick of Toledo; and nephews, Ferd (Connie) Fisher of Atlanta, Ga., and George A. Peronis of Stow.
A memorial mass was celebrated at St. Bernard Catholic Tuesday, with the Rev. Paul Schindler officiating. The Dunn-Quigley-Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home in Stow was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 44 University Ave., Akron 44308.