Jerome G. "Jerry" Hick, 85
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May 31, 1927 - Dec. 6, 2012
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Jerry Hick will be Friday, Dec. 14th, at Church of St. Peter, St. Cloud, at 11:00 am. Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 13th, from 4 to 9 pm, at Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, and one hour before services at the church. The Reverend Alan Wielinski will be the celebrant. Inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery, St. Cloud at a later date.
Jerry passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, Dec. 6th.
Jerry was born in St. Cloud on May 31st, 1927, to the late Joseph F. and Mary A. (Bachman) Hick. He attended Holy Angel's grade school and graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. He was drafted into the U.S. Army almost immediately after graduation in 1945. He served in the army of occupation in Germany until Dec., 1946. After his honorable discharge, he attended St. John's University, Collegeville.
Jerry was employed by DeZurik Corporation as a Mechanical Engineer from 1951-1987, and for five years by McNally Industries. He retired in 1992.
Jerry married the love of his life, Mary Jane Renn, on June 20th, 1949, at St. Paul's Church in St. Cloud. Together, they raised five wonderful children.
Jerry's motto was "do the right thing", and he was always ready to lend a helping hand. His tomato crops were legendary, and the cherry tomatoes were like candy to granddaughter Alyse. He was an excellent carpenter and craftsman, building furniture and an addition onto his home with the help of his son, sons-in-law and grandsons.
Jerry and Mary enjoyed traveling in their Roadtrek motor home, and camping in state parks around Minnesota. They belong to Roadtrek International, Family Motor Coach Association, and Good Sam Club. They were also charter members of St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Cloud, where they were involved in many volunteer activities. Jerry had served on various boards, including Habitat for Humanity, Whitney Senior Center, and St. Paul's Parish Council.
Jerry was a founding charter member of the St. Cloud Singing Saints Barbershop Chorus. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially with his grandchildren, and watching football and baseball. It didn't even have to be the Vikings or the Twins. He loved a good joke, and loved to tell them. His family was most important in his life. He and Mary almost never missed a game or a performance by one of his children or grandchildren. He was very proud of their accomplishments, and never missed an opportunity to brag about them.
Surviving their hero are his loving wife Mary, children George, St. Cloud, Susan (Lynn) Huso, Detroit Lakes, MN, Katherine "Katy" (Kevin) LaNave, Elizabeth "Betsy" (James) Trout, Margaret "Margy" (Gary) Bailey, all of St. Cloud. Thirteen grandchildren: Antoinette "Toni" (Patrick) Clacken, Ruth (James) Hein, Benjamin (Heidi) Huso, Ryan and Becca Huso, Rob Hick, Marco and Paul LaNave, David, Rachel and Teresa Trout, Alyse and Tate Bailey. Six great-grandchildren: Patrick, Conner, Leah, Will, Torrian, and Effie. Sisters: Lucille Hick, St Cloud, and Marian (Tom) Strand, Mesa, AZ.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother Bob, stillborn son in 1965, father- and mother-in-law Dewey and Catherine (Zierden) Renn, and brothers-in-law Joseph Renn and Robert Dvorak.
The family wishes to express great appreciation to the First Responders, the ER staff, and Daniel Funeral Home for the kind help and consideration we have been shown.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Dec. 12, 2012