Leo G. Hickman, age 85, died Sunday, February 9, 2014, in Childress. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Childress Church of Christ, with Dr. Mike Henderson officiating. Burial was in Childress Cemetery, under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Leo was born Thursday, April 5, 1928, in Rockdale, TX to Matthew and Mary Ellen (Kyle) Hickman. He and Billye Jetton married on September 2, 1949, in Beaumont, TX. Leo joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1956. Leo was a 4th generation law enforcement officer and had always aspired to be a Texas Ranger. He fulfilled that dream in 1971, and upon his retirement was the oldest active Texas Ranger at age 72. He loved his job, and was an expert marksman. Leo was a great husband and father, who raised four children. He was a Christian man and was a member of the Childress Church of Christ. He has lived in Childress, TX since 1971. Leo was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Lee Hickman; and one sister, Mary Ellen Hickman. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Childress Regional Medical Center Hospice at PO Box 1030, Childress, TX 79201 or the Former Texas Rangers Foundation at PO Box 3195, Fredricksburg, TX 78624. Survivors include: wife - Billye Hickman, Childress, TX; daughter - Kay Hubbard and husband, Norman, Moody, TX; daughter - Jan Wrzesinski, Hurst, TX; son - Jay Hickman and wife, Rhonda, Childress, TX; grandchild - Jarrod Hubbard and wife, Holly; grandchild - Derek Wrzesinski and wife, Agnieszka; grandchild - Nicholas Wrzesinski; grandchild - Jacob Bass; grandchild - Benjamin Hickman; grandchild - Rachel Hickman; numerous extended family, friends, and law enforcement family.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 5, 2014