SUTHERLAND—Richard E. “Dick” Hicks, age 88, of Sutherland, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, Iowa.
His memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Church of Christ in Sutherland, Iowa, with Pastor John Erickson and Pastor Ken Greeley officiating.
Burial will be at a later date in the Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland.
Visitation with family present will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Family Living Center in the Church of Christ in Sutherland, Iowa, under the care of the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina, Iowa.
Online condolences may be sent to eldridgefamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Richard Eugene Hicks was born in Grant Township, O’Brien County, to Lucille (Nelson) Hicks and George Eugene Hicks on Oct. 7, 1930. He started his education at the age of 4 at country school where his aunt, Katherine Hicks, taught. He attended schools in Peterson, Linn Grove and Sutherland, graduating as the third out of five generations of Hicks men from Sutherland High School in 1948.
Though rheumatic fever kept him from participating in sports, it did not keep him out of the United States Marine Corps. He was drafted in 1951 (Semper Fi) and served in the Marines with his lifelong friend Tom Taylor of Corning, New York. He was united in marriage to Dona Jean Jahn on July 11, 1951. Dick and Dona had three children. Richard was a hardworking farmer who found the time to volunteer everywhere. He served on the Sutherland School Board for 27 years, most of that time as the chairman. When Dick was president of the school board, he signed diplomas for all of his children as well as one grandchild. He was a charter member of the Ruritan Club and 49-year member of the American Legion Post 152. He served as Grant Township Trustee and was a member of the board of the Sutherland Church of Christ. At the time of his death, he still served on the Sutherland Remembers When Society.
He retired from farming in 1992, but did not stop working, of course. He also worked for C-S Agrow and Craig Struve, City View Farms, Franken Custom, each he called his “family!” He did over-the-road trucking with several companies, including Donald Segelke, Bill and Tim Rohrbaugh, Paul Grothe, Jack Youde, John Leonard, Jerry Miller, Dennis Duccommun and assisted Dave Steffen in his custom windrowing business for many years. He also drove bus for the White Tiger Lines, Chuck Virgil and Jerry Hansen.
Richard is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dona; their children Douglas and Denice (Ebel) of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Tucson, Arizona; Denise (Hicks) and David Steffen of Sutherland; and Daniel and Joni (Lackey) of Mesa, Arizona; three grandchildren, Dain and Brooke (Huffman) of Silver Creek, Nebraska; Dustin and Jamie (Pedersen) of Spirit Lake; and Drew Hicks of Tempe, Arizona; and five great-grandchildren, Brianne and Elliot Watts of Osceola, Nebraska; Dillon and Dakotah Hicks of Malcolm, Nebraska; and Dayton, Drake, and Delaney Hicks of Spirit Lake; one great-great-grandson, Beckett Watts; one sister, Shirley (Otho) Kinsley; and one brother Beryl Hicks.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Jan Hicks, nephew Tim Hicks and great-nephew Kipp Kinsley.