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Edgar Roy Hichens


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Edgar Roy Hichens Obituary
Hichens, Edgar Roy
Edgar Roy Hichens, 89, of Scottsdale, went to be with God on August 20, 2016. A son, brother, beloved husband of 60 years to Mary Louise Hichens, father of four, grandfather of nine, and great-grandfather of seven. Born in 1926 and growing up in New Jersey, "Roy" enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of seventeen, and bravely served his country during World War II, seeing action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was also a part of the post-war occupancy of Japan. Roy was honorably discharged in 1946. After the war, a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from New York University and a MBA from Denver University followed. He became an accomplished meteorologist, but after a career change, he dedicated over 35 years of his life in upper management at Sears, Roebuck and Co., retiring as Director of Transportation Services, working most of his career in the Sears Tower in Chicago. Living out some of his dreams, Roy learned to fly airplanes at 50 and medaled in both the Illinois and Arizona Senior Olympics; his best events were discus and shotput. He was a fierce bridge player, and with his wife, made a very formidable team. He loved the movie Patton, Jack Daniels manhattans straight up, and believed in the Samurai code. In retirement, Roy and Mary Lou spent over 21 years together in their dream home in Scottsdale. After Mary Lou's passing, Roy impressively continued to live on his own into his 90th year and was proud to be completely self-sufficient. The man was very private and worked hard to contain any and all emotions, but his loyalty and commitment to FAMILY is unsurpassed, it was his #1 priority. Roy truly believed that actions spoke louder than words. While he may not say it back, we loved the man…and we knew he loved us too. Be with Mary Lou; be at Peace. A private ceremony and celebration is planned for October 8.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 2, 2016
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