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Obituary: HICKMAN, REX

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 23 2014 10:50 p.m. MDT

Rex L. Hickman 1920 ~ 2011

Rex L. Hickman, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Sunday 5, June 2011. Born April 6, 1920 in Benjamin, Utah to Charles Wesley and Lettie Ann (Mikesell), Hickman. He was the last surviving member of his parents family, returning to a joyous reunion beyond the veil with them. He attended schools in Benjamin (elementary) and Spanish Fork (Jr. and Sr. High Schools). Boyhood days and adult life were centered around his family in Benjamin. Dad is a graduate of B.Y.U. with Bachelors in mathematics and chemistry, but World War II soon inducted him into the Army. Dad attained the rank of Corporal and was a Clerk Typist, which included being a Message Center Clerk of coded and ciphered and deciphered messages with the 95th Chemical Mortar Battalion, touring the European Theater passing through France, Belgium, and Germany from 1943 to 1945. He returned to Utah to work at Geneva Steel in Orem as a Metallurgical Engineer following an honorable discharge from the Army. He married his childhood sweetheart, Katheryn Marjorie Stewart, November 20, 1940. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. They built their own house on property purchased through estate settlement of Katheryn's family, and raised their family in Benjamin. Dad loved outdoor sports of hunting and fishing. He spent many hours walking along the Spanish Fork, (Diamond Fork, and sixth water) rivers and picnicking with family in the mountains. Dad served in many positions in the LDS church. Teaching was his favorite position. Over the years he served on the High Council in the Palmyra Stake, and many other callings given to him. He had a love for temple work and attended often. He is survived by his wife Katheryn Marjorie, one Daughter, Margie (Jay) Gabbitas, six sons, Dan (Sharon), Mike (Janet), Brent (Nadine), Charles (Pamela), Kevin, Merlin (Shellie), numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Many thanks go out to those who have cared for and loved Dad. Thanks especially to the Greenwood Assisted living center and A Plus Hospice. We want to extend a special thanks to Paula Petroff and her sister Pam Hickman for their skilled nursing to assist Dad in passing. Funeral services will be Saturday June 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Benjamin LDS Chapel, 3238 West 7300 South, Benjamin, Utah. Viewings will be held Friday June 10, at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday morning from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.. prior to funeral. Condolences may be sent to the famiy at: www.walkerfamilymortuary.com