DuWayne Hicks

DuWayne Hicks

Harvey ‘DuWayne’ Hicks of Trowbridge, Michigan, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, in Kalamazoo. Mr. Hicks was born October 16, 1926 in Trowbridge Township to Theodore DuWayne ‘Ted’ and Lucy (Bolenbaugh) Hicks and was a lifelong resident of the area.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the South Pacific on the destroyer, USS Cotton. DuWayne received his Bachelor of Science degree from M.S.U. in 1949. For 25 years he was employed with Eckrich, retiring in 1992, and also farmed most of his life. He was a very active member, lay speaker and Sunday School teacher at Trowbridge Methodist Church. For several years he served as a Trowbridge Township officer. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting and had made several trips to Alaska.

On September 1, 1948 in Otsego he married the former Jean E. Graham, who survives. Also surviving are two sons and a daughter, Bob (Debbie) Hicks of Eagle River, Alaska, Maurice (Debbie) Hicks of Trowbridge and Doris Hicks of Eureka, CA; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Brian in 1981; a grandson Tom Hicks; and an adopted sister, Sue Whelis.

Friends may visit with his family from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Trowbridge Methodist Church where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 24, 2013, Pastor Sheila Baker and Pastor David Youngs officiating. Burial will be at Trowbridge Methodist Cemetery with Military Honors by V.F.W. #3030 and U.S. Navy Honor Guard.

Contributions in memory of DuWayne may be made to Trowbridge Methodist Church, 355 -- 26th St., Otsego, MI  49078 or the Alzheimer’s Association , 2300 Portage St., Kalamazoo, MI  49001.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com



Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences

Offer Condolence for the family of DuWayne Hicks

Messages of Condolence

  1. Don and Shirley Brown says:

    DuWayne will always be remember as a wonderful man and good neighbor. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Peace to you all.

  2. Jerry Howrigon says:

    DuWayne, along with his family will always be special to me for all the times that he took time to watch over my Mother (Velma) and
    Father (Frank) Whitney in the years we lived across from the Trowbridge Methodist. He and all the family will always be in my memory, You are all in my and Dinah’s prayers.God be with you now and forever.

  3. Carol Cooley Little says:

    So sorry to hear of Uncle DuWayne’s passing. I know he is with our Lord in a much better place, watching over all of you. I will always remember all the fun times we had on the farm when we were younger, riding the horse, climbing the trees and spending the week so we could go to Bible School. Prayers for Aunt Jean and all the family. Love you all and wish I could be there to help celebrate his life with all of you.
    Love & Hugs
    Carol Sue

  4. Margaret Hyett Warning says:

    My memories of DuWayne or Mr Hicks as we first called him, go
    back 61 years to a much more simple time of life. A time when
    neighbors helped each other and looked out for each other. My
    entire family is saddened by his passing. He was a very special
    man to all of us. My sympathies to his entire family and may he
    rest in peace.

  5. Roger Norman says:

    A good man…he will be missed

  6. mark & sherri bronson says:

    Our love to Jean, Robert, Maurice, Doris and all the grandkids & greats. There is not enough room to relay what ” Grandpa Ficks ” meant to our family. (our kids couldn’t say Hicks!)
    My personal vision of Heaven now is of DuWayne & Brian, sitting on a porch somewhere, sipping a lemonade, and watching the young pigs get fat for market!.
    We will miss him forever. Mark & Sherri Bronson

  7. Kim Martin Kanet says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My God hold you in His hand and give you peace.

    An old classmate from Class of 75
    Kim Martin

  8. Tom & Nancy Fleming says:

    We send our sympathy to the Hicks Family.

  9. Jenna (PCA @ Borgess, 2 North) says:

    So sorry to hear of DuWayne’s Passing. Glad he is at peace. Such a wonderful family he has! I could tell he was loved by many!! Thank you for letting me take care of DuWayne at the hospital : ) I will be thinking of the whole family the next couple of days. Take care!! <3 <3 <3

  10. Susan & Bill Ashley says:

    Jean and all of you. I’m sorry we are not there to tell you in person how sad we are that “Uncle” DuWayne is gone. I think I was in my teens before I realized that you weren’t really my Aunt and Uncle … but my cousins. However you are still my Aunt & Uncle in my heart. Robert, Debbie, Maurice, Debbie, Doris and all of your kids….I can not explain the hole your dad’s passing has left in my heart = he is/was one of the last links to my mom. I’ll be able to hug your mom, Jean, when I get back to Michigan in a few weeks. I’m sorry we are not there now to do the same with you. We love you all! Susan & Bill

  11. Sue Ann (Cooley) Jones says:

    Aunt Jean and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I too have great memories of Uncle DuWayne and playing on the farm with the kids, I would have been at the funeral if I had know of his passing, Unfortunately I didn’t find out until the day after his funeral. I would loved to have seen you Aunt Jean as well the kids. It’s been forever since I have seen them. My love and prayers for comfort are with you all.
    Love Sue and Ed Jones

  12. tom crockett says:

    my condolences to all the Hicks family. I will always remember your kindness and hospitality.

Please share your thoughts ...

  • How do I send condolences?

    At the bottom of this page, you will find a condolence form. You will need to fill out some basic information prior to typing your message. (We will not share your e-mail address with anyone)

    Once you are finished, simply click the submit condolence button. Within 24 hours the condolence will be approved before it is published to the web site.

    We also provide a Tell-A-Friend feature located directly below these instructions. This form allows you to send the obituary to a friend. This is particularly helpful to someone who may live out of town.

  • Share This Obituary

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.