Raymond J. Hickman(1924 - 2012)

Raymond John Hickman of Ocean View, DE passed away at the age of 88 on December 19th, 2012 after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his father Hugh H. Hickman, his mother Edna Shepherd Hickman and his brother H. Harbison Hickman.

He was born in Philadelphia and moved to Ocean View as a young boy. He graduated from Lord Baltimore High School and then proudly served in WWII in the Third Infantry Division of the US Army. He was wounded in Anzio, Italy and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Upon returning from the war, he attended the University of Delaware and met the love of his life, Sally West. They were married in 1949 and settled in Bethany Beach where he joined his father and brother building homes in the Bethany area as Hugh H. Hickman and Sons. He and his wife Sally began Hickman Real Estate which they owned for thirty years. After retirement, he and Sally moved to Ocean View, DE and Fort Myers Beach, FL where he enjoyed boating, fishing, gardening, golfing and entertaining his family and friends.

He was a member of the Bethany Beach Fire Company, the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, and Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church, where he had been a trustee and member of the choir.

Ray is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sally West Hickman, his daughters, Laura Lee Hickman, Jane Tribbitt, Nancy Rhodes; his son-in-laws Timothy Tribbitt and John Timothy Rhodes and his beloved grandchildren, Tyler Tribbitt and fiancé Abbe Miller, Matthew Tribbitt and John West Rhodes.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 22 at Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, DE at 1:00 p.m., where friends may call one hour prior. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Ave, Ocean View, DE. 19970., or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way in Milford, DE 19963.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

Published in The News Journal on Dec. 21, 2012