Ralph E. Hickey
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Ralph E. Hickey, 83, of Springfield, died at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Villa Health Care East in Sherman.
He was born Nov. 16, 1930, in Ft. Sill, Okla., to Lawrence P. and Eva McManus Hickey. He married Diane Yost on June 3, 1953, the day after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy; she survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Linda (Gary) Russell of Aumsville, Ore.; one son, Mike (Joyce) Hickey of Springfield; seven grandchildren; three step grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sharon Diane Miller; son, Lawrence Felix Hickey; and brother, Lawrence Hickey.
Ralph graduated from St. Paul High School in Covington, La., and from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in engineering. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1949-1957.
He worked as a salesman for U.S. Steel from 1960-1978 and for the Tennis Shop, Advantage Yours, from 1978-1986. He was an avid tennis player and participated in the Senior Olympics.
Memorial Mass: The family will host a memorial mass at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Blessed Sacrament Church with the Rev. Jeff Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
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