Charles Crawford Hickox
April 14, 1921 ~ September 11, 2012
Memorial service: Friday, September 21, at 4:30 PM at the Community Presbyterian Church of Brigham City
Charles Hickox passed away on September 11, 2012 after 91 years of a full and giving life. The eldest of four children, Chuck was born in Plumville, PA on April 14, 1921 to Alice Rebecca Crawford and Charles Dalzell Hickox. Growing up during the Depression in impoverished coal country taught him to work hard, appreciate the little things, and save everything!
After graduating from Plumville High School where he sang, played the cornet, and participated in sports, Chuck found work in Buffalo, NY where he met Anne Loomis who would later become his wife of 66 years. Soon after their engagement he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and during the last year of WWII he flew 33 missions as the radio gunner on the crew of a B-17 bomber stationed in Italy. Returning to Buffalo after the war, he and Anne were married on November 24, 1945. In 1950 Chuck graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in mechanical engineering which he put to good use in Buffalo, Redlands, CA, and starting in 1960, in Brigham City, UT where he worked at Thiokol until retirement in 1986.
Both before and after retirement he volunteered innumerable hours with Habitat for Humanity, Acts VI Soup Kitchen, Cooperative Ministry Council, and Community Presbyterian Church. In addition, he was always ready to lend a skilled hand, strong back, and his truck to family, friends, and neighbors.
Chuck was always a loving husband and father. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with family. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, skiing, trailering and boating. He was fond of the family’s dogs and cats, tinkering, eating apple pie, using his fine singing voice, playing cards, hosting parties, and growing anything--especially fruit trees.
Preceded in death by his young son Leslie, Chuck is survived by wife Anne, children Becky, David (Loretta), and Beth, granddaughters Rebecca Bright and Kelsey & Monica Hickox, and his siblings Margery Steffy, Wayne, and Tom. All of us will sorely miss his graciousness, his ever-present sense of humor, his handiwork, his ability to fix almost anything and most of all, his unwavering love and support.
Many thanks to Pioneer Care Center and Bristol Hospice for all of their help and care.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 21, at 4:30 PM at the Community Presbyterian Church of Brigham City.
I was terribly saddened to hear of the passing of my wonderful brother. I share the familys' grief and sorrow and will miss his presence in all of our lives.
Love to all,
We knew you were ill, but death is not part of thinking of a person. Hard even to think of the change illness brought to such a vibrant, energetic, fun person. The times we spent as a family, my Husband, your nephew Chuck, me and our son, Todd, and daughter, Melinda, spent with you and your family are full of truly wonderful memories. Thank you.
Our hearts are sad but we have the faith that you are in heaven going on with your life. Just as you lived in here on earth. We will miss you terribly but know that we will see you again. To your family we pray that God will give them the strength to carry on your legacy of love, faith, and charity. Til we meet again God be with you.
Ray and Ruby
Dear Anne and Family,
Mary and I are sorry that we are on a long trip to Pennsylvania and not there to support you. Chuck was a wonderful friend and traveling and fishing companion over the many years. We will dearly miss him. If there is anything we can do when we return to Brigham City please let us know.
Bob and Mary