Bobby “Bob” Ray Hickman, 86, of Weatherford, died Saturday morning, Dec. 14, 2013, in a Weatherford nursing center.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. Wednesday before service. Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Bob was born May 25, 1927, in Paoli, Ind., the seventh of eight children. He was the second boy in Paoli to obtain Eagle Scout status. Bob graduated from Paoli High School and was immediately drafted into the United States Army at the end of World War II. He served in Japan as a medical technician. Bob received two medals in WWII, The Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan. He obtained expert status certification with the M1 rifle.
After an honorable discharge form the Army, he returned to Paoli and married his bride of 65 years, Mary Fears. He graduated from Indiana Teachers College in 1951 and taught science for one year at the junior high level. He and Mary and their young son came to Texas after he accepted a position with the Boy Scouts of America as a scout executive. Several years after moving to Texas they added a daughter to their family.
In 1990, Bob retired from Chemical Dynamics, now Weatherford Aerospace, located in Weatherford. During his retirement he enjoyed wood carving, gardening and serving as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts. He started a Boy Scout troop and enjoyed training the leaders to work with the boys. Bob served as a Parker County precinct chairman during several elections. Mr. Hickman was also a proud member of the Phoenix Mason Lodge No. 275 in Weatherford, where he obtained the title of Entered Apprentice.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Hickman, of Weatherford; son, Phyllip “Phyl” Hickman, of Weatherford; daughter and son-in-law, Aaron and Judy Wade, of Weatherford; sisters, Jean Crowe, of Illinois, and Patty Thompson and husband, Scott, of Evansville, Ind.; three grandchildren, Allison Darelius and husband, Jason, of Baltimore, Md.; two grandsons, Nelson Wade and wife, Lindsay, of Weatherford and Michael Wade and wife, Jolene, of Weatherford; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew Wade, Lilyan Wade and Brooklyn Wade.
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