James H. "Jim" Hickert's life was tragically taken on March 13, 2012. Jim was born in Bird City, Kan., on April 22, 1942, to John and Mary Hickert. After John's death, Mary wed Elmer Ommen.
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Jim attended elementary through high school in Phoenix. He received a B.S. in engineering/business from the University of Minnesota, and later earned a Masters of Business Administration. He joined the Marine Corps in 1960 and served as a flight navigator. He married the love of his life, Gayle Bandy in Tiburon, Calif., on Oct. 25, 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle; sons, Michael and Justin (Ashley); brother, Ed (Erika); in-laws, Alice and Vern Bandy, Rena (Bruce) McKay; nephews, Eric (Susan) and Zachary (Angela) Hickert, Mitch (Sara) McKay; nieces, Jaime (Ed) Saunders, Amy (Tom) Cummings; his aunt, Pearl; and numerous Hickert cousins.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, and his beloved uncle, Eddie.
Jim and Gayle's sons were a great source of pride to him, and the joy of his life. He had a great devotion to God, his country, and his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bozeman. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, PO Box 1165, Bozeman, MT 59771-1165 or Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator,18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 17, 2012