James Maurice Hickok Sr. died on April 27, 2017 at the age of 81.
Jim Hickok was born in 1935 in East Omaha, Nebraska. His parents were Charles Maurice Hickok and Thelma Walker (who was one of the first WWI brides from Liverpool, England). He was the youngest of their 6 children. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert Hood Hickok, Richard Hickok, Peggy Gibbs, Nancy Hall and William Hickok.
His Mother, Thelma died when Jim was 11 and his father died when he was 17. Jim joined the military at 18 and served in the army in Japan and Korea. Upon returning to the United States, Jim was stationed at Camp Roberts where he met the love of his life, Janice Thiel.
They were married on March 8, 1958 and have made their home in Atascadero since 1959 where Jim and Janice raised 3 children, James Jr., David, and Jeanine.
Jim was a man of many talents and occupations that all revolved around building. He had been a saw sharpener, painter, cabinet maker, home builder, Gus the Gutterman, carpenter for Camp Roberts, rehabilitated housing for senior citizens with Self Help Housing. He was also a dowser and found wells throughout the county.
He was always eager to learn something new and had many hobbies and interests. He loved collecting rocks, writing poetry, history and people. He had been a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for 46 years.
Jim is survived by his wife Janice who he had been married to for 59 years. He is also survived by his son Jim Hickok Jr., daughter and son in law, Jeanine and Ken Romero and daughter in law, Linda Hickok. He is preceded in death by his son David Hickok. He was loved by his 6 grandchildren, David Hickok, Josh Hickok, Rachel Romero, Lauren Hickok, Kenny Romero and Michael Hickok. He had also been blessed with 4 great grandchildren. Jim was also loved by his many nieces and nephews found all over the United States.
The Hickok family has a special thank you for Hospice and Caring Hands Senior Care who helped transition Jim into the hands of God. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a hospice organization.
A memorial will be held on Saturday, May 20 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atascadero at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception following the service at the Fellowship Hall at the Community Church.