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Wiley Hickey

1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Wiley Hickey Obituary
Wiley Dee Hickey was born September 30, 1922. He was the youngest of 3 children born to Ruth D. and Floyd D. Hickey in Limon Colorado. At the age of 13 his family moved to Florence, Colorado were Wiley graduated from High School in 1941. Right out of High School at the age of 19, he served with the Coast Guard, during World War II. Little did he know that what he called "cutting the apron strings" would lead to his involvement in one of the most infamous battles in military history, "The attack of Pearl Harbor". Being the modest man that he was, he never spent much time discussing the magnitude of his experience, but he was always proud that he was allowed to serve his country. He was impressed that he crossed the Equator while aboard the U.S.S. Taney. With a smile on his face and a shake of his head, he told the story about a fellow mate that fell over board one evening, and wasn't missed. Another boat happened by and found the fella floating in the water, picked him up, and reported it to the U.S.S. Taney the next day. The 327 foot Taney was one of the first vessels to return fire, and today it is the last Pearl Harbor warship a float after serving for half a century being decommissioned in 1986. Discharged in October, 1945, he moved to Hay Springs, Nebraska to help his parents at the Hay Springs Hotel. On June 4, 1949 he married Violet L. Dexter. To this union 3 children were hatched on a fence post, Robert, Marilou, and RuthAnn. His careers involved many things. Construction, REA and in November 1955 he became employed with the Telephone Company. In 1970 he moved his family to Custer, South Dakota, where after 20 years of service with the phone company he retired. In 1974 he and his wife moved to Berthoud Colorado to be closer to their children. They bought a liguor store and enjoyed the small community until selling and moving to Loveland, Colorado. His interests in life besides his children and their friends, home and pets, was gardening, dancing and the out doors. He was a great handy man, he could accomplish any construction, plumbing or electrical job needing done. Wiley was preceded in death by his parents Ruth and Floyd Hickey, his sister Mary Lou Hickey, and a sister who died at birth, his son Robert Hickey and a granddaughter, Tara Hickey. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Violet, daughters Marilou Hickey and RuthAnn(Hickey) Hall and husband Larry. He is survived by granddaughter Kari Schulze, grandsons Matthew Hickey and Colton Adams. He is also survived by 5 great grandchildren, cousins and many friends that he considered family. In lieu of a Memorial service or flowers, the family request memorials in Wiley's honor to be made to organizations of your choice to benefit returning home Veterans.
Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Aug. 28, 2014
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