THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Robert L. Hicks
Issue Date: January 31, 2019
Robert "Bob" Lee Hicks, 88, of Gillett, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 of natural causes at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls.
Born Feb. 7, 1930 in Oconto Falls, to the late William and Muriel (Coppman) Hicks, he married Mae Joann Olson on April 15, 1951 in Crown Point, Ind. He enlisted in the United States Army on Nov. 10, 1952 and served in the Korean War in field artillery as an E5 Sergeant until 1954 when he was honorably discharged, remaining in active reserves until 1964.
He graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Ind. with a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), working in that capacity in Spartanburg, S.C. He later returned to Gillett and started Oconto Company Inc., Abstract and Title business with his wife and later his son, John, until retirement.
He was active in the Boy Scouts as a leader, was one of the original start up members of the Gillett Ambulance, served on the City of Gillett Fire Department, was a member of the Gillett Civic Club for many years and served one term as Coroner for Oconto County as well as the chairperson of the Republican Party of Oconto County. An active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Gillett, he served in many capacities in his years.
They loved camping, going to his hunting cabin with his boys and extended family and especially cherished times going out west hunting and fishing in Canada with loved ones.
A Master Mason of Mason-Woods Lodge No. 368 of Cecil, he was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in May 1961 and was an active member for 58 years. He also was very involved in the Shriners of Wisconsin.
He is survived by three sons, Wayne (Laura) Hicks, Kurt (Keri) Hicks and John (Denise) Hicks; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mae; a brother, Ronnie and a sister, Rosie.
Memorial visitation will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 101 W. Main Street, Gillett on Friday, Feb.1 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m., with Pastor Kent Wallace officiating. Masonic Rights will be held at Church and burial with Military Rights will follow the service at Wanderer's Rest Cemetery.