My sincere condolences to the Hickey family. My father, Marvin O'Neal, worked with Ron Hickey in Fallon, Nevada from 1971-1972. Although I was only nine years old at the time, I remember Ron as being a very kind and generous person. It is amazing that I still remember his personality from 43 years ago! I'll be the first to mention that Ron was a VERY avid and accomplished chess player. My father was also a very good chess player and loved to talk trash--especially when he played and beat me time and time again. Even though I only beat my father once, it was always fun to watch Ron put him in his place on the chessboard! Lol! I will never forget the many visits at Ron's house where we often ended up playing chess. He gave me many pointers and even gave me a few of his chess books to take with me when my father relocated to Columbus, OH. The world was definitely a better place because of Ron.
P.S. I live in Taiwan, but decided to use my mother's hometown since there is no way to enter "Taiwan" as either a city or state. :)