Gerald Lowell Hickey, 93, of Shenandoah and formerly of the Northboro and Thurman areas, entered into rest on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah.
A celebration of Gerald's life will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Thurman United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike York officiating. Burial will take place in the Thurman Cemetery. Memorials in Gerald's name are being directed to the Thurman United Methodist Church or to the Northboro Community Center.
Gerald Lowell Hickey was born to John and Vera Hickey on March 2, 1926 in Thurman, Iowa. He was the 8th child of 11 born to John and Vera. He attended Thurman Consolidated Schools until he entered the Navy in May 1944 after he turned 18. He trained at the NTC (Naval Training Center) Great Lakes, Illinois and at the ATB (Amphibious Training Base) in Ft Pierce, Florida. The ship he was stationed on for most of his time in World War 2 was aboard the USS Bunch DE 694/APD 79. In June 1946 he was honorably dis-charged from the Navy. He was awarded the China Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal, World War Victory Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal.
After leaving the Navy, he worked for the Burlington Railroad in and near Mendota, Illinois and also a clerk for Brownie Feed Store in Mendota. It was there where he met his future wife, Joyce. They married July 9, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. Soon after Joyce graduated from nursing school, they moved to the Pacific Junction, Iowa area. In Iowa he worked with his brother Keith at a service station in Thurman, as a truck driver for his brother, Paul, a route salesman for Beatrice Foods/Meadow Gold Dairy, and retired from Eaton’s in 1988.
In January 1952, they welcomed the first of 4 children into their life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, taking trips to visit relatives all over the country, and attending reunions of the USS Bunch. He was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader and a member of the Sidney, Iowa American Legion. Before the birth of their second child, he and Joyce moved to Shenandoah.
Shenandoah was their home until 1980 when a farm in Northboro, Iowa became their home. He loved having dogs and cats around. On the farm he enjoyed raising pigs, cows, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, pea fowl, geese (of all sorts), ducks, guinea fowl, and turkeys. In October 2017, they moved to Windsor Manor in Shenandoah due to failing health.
In July, Gerald and Joyce observed their 69th wedding anniversary. Gerald passed away on September 12, 2019 at the age of 93 years, 7 months and 10 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, John, Cecil, Dean, Paul, and Keith, and sisters, Mildred, Edna, Helen, and Ila. Gerald is survived by his wife, Joyce of Shenandoah; three daughters, Paula Sothman of Hamburg, IA, Brenda Cappel and husband Doug, of Strasburg, CO, and Patsy Thoene and husband Gerry of Hartington, NE, and son Leonard and wife Shana of Hinton, IA; 10 grandchildren, Steven Cappel of Strasburg, CO, Nicholas Wolff and special friend Diane of Jackson, TN, Erin Hurst and husband Justin of West Des Moines, IA, Leonard Hickey Jr and wife Brandi of Stanton, IA, Angelina Cappel of Ft Collins, CO, Brian Cappel and wife Danea of Englewood, CO, Jessica Blair and husband Dustin of Anderson, SC, Christopher Hickey and special friend Jennifer of Sioux City, IA, Liz Bartemes and husband Ara of Montgomery, AL, and Jacob Hickey of Hinton, IA; 13 great grandchildren, Jessie Gauchet, Toby Hickey, Alex Hickey, Nathaniel Hickey, Rose Rush, Rory Blair, Tegan Hickey, William Hurst, Chance Hurst, Ethan (Cappel) Sinischo, Avery Cappel, Harper Cappel, and Nora Bartemes; brother, David Hickey and wife Mona of Carson, CA; along with many other special friends and relatives.