Don Rue Hickman Obituary
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1915
Death: Sep. 24, 2005
Daily Herald, Utah
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
BRIGADIER GENERAL (UNITED STATES ARMY, RETIRED) DON RUE HICKMAN, 87, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, September 24, 2005, surrounded by members of his family in Birmingham, Alabama.
Beloved husband of LoRee Terry Hickman and father of their four daughters, DeAnn Hickman Giles (John Reid Giles, Jr.) of Birmingham, Alabama, Mary Hickman Higbee (Glen Allen Higbee) of Frederick, Maryland, Pamela Hickman Norris (Robert McKim Norris, Jr.) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Judy Hickman Clark (Paul Milligan Clark) of Centerville, Ohio, 25 loving grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Born in Torrey, Utah, on February 16, 1918, to Don Franklin and Juliett Mott Hickman, he grew up in Salina, Utah and was a graduate of North Sevier High School. From 1935-1937 he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central States Mission. In 1939, he graduated from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he played varsity basketball on a scholarship, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. In 1969, his Alma Mater honored him with their Distinguished Citizen Award which is the highest honor that can be given to an alumnus for outstanding contributions to his country through unselfish service. He entered the Army as a draftee, and was offered a Regular Army commission in 1941 commencing a distinguished career of 31 years of service.
On October 6, 1942, Don Rue married his "eternal companion and sweetheart", the former LoRee Terry from Spring City, Utah, in the Manti Utah Temple. For the next three decades his assignments led them to all corners of the world, including Georgia, Kansas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, Colorado, Japan, Panama, Iran, as well as the European Theater in World War II, the Korean War and the war in Viet Nam, for the country they so deeply loved.
Honors earned during combat and peacetime included selection for the Infantry Officers' Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where his picture now hangs in the Hall of Fame. In 1966, he graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University while concurrently fulfilling his assignment as Chief of Infantry Branch, Officer Personnel Division, Department of the Army at the Pentagon.
General Hickman holds decorations for Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, and the nations highest medal for service, The Distinguished Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the Army Occupation Medal (Germany and Japan), the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Viet Nam Campaign Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Order (First Class Viet Nam), the Gallantry Cross with Gold Star (Viet Nam), the Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class, the Republic of Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Civil Action Honor Medal.
In his autobiography entitled No Regrets, Don Rue devoted a section showing his love for youth and education entitled, "Advice to Youth" which focuses on making correct decisions and being prayerful about choices and challenges, finalizing his insight with "If you are tune, you will be guided in righteous paths." In his book, he expressed his love and sense of duty and honor surrounding the freedom we enjoy in this great nation and his love for the Savior, the Prince of Peace. He and LoRee worked together in service to their church including a mission to Jacksonville, Florida from 1992-1993. Don Rue served in many positions in the church including Teacher, Bishopric, Stake Presidency, High Council and at the Missionary Training Center.
At retirement, they chose to return to their beloved "Springtime in the Rockies" in the beautiful state of Utah, where Don Rue chose to work in real estate and to follow their beloved BYU Cougars and university events and to be with grandchildren and family. Don Rue also enjoyed associations with friends in the Provo Kiwanis Club and served as President of the Brigham Young University Cougar Club.
In addition to his immediate family Don Rue is survived by Ray and Joan Bills, Leone H. and George Medley, Lil Terry, Darwin and Arlene Terry, Eugene and Leona Terry, Golden and Cheryl Terry, Carol and Gordon Harris and many loving cousins, nephews, nieces and other family members.
Our family would like to express heartfelt appreciation for all of the correspondence, kind wishes and prayers given in his behalf. Thank you to all those on the medical team who worked with loving care and concern, and for the service and compassion of a wonderful ward and many great friends and family members.
Farewell to one of the soldiers of "The Greatest Generation", beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great-grandfather and friend, who epitomized 1st Corinthians 16:13-14, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong."
Funeral Services are being handled by Walker-Sanderson, 646 E. 800 N., Orem, Utah, 84097 (801) 226-3500. Visitation will be on Sunday, October 2, 2005, from 6-8 P.M. at the Funeral Home and the funeral will be on Monday, October 3, 2005, at the Rock Canyon Ward Building (3050 Mojave Lane, Provo, Utah) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at ll: 00 A.M. with a viewing from 9:45-10:45 A.M. Bishop Jeff Smith will be officiating. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 N. 650 E. Provo, Utah, (801) 225-9114, with full Military Honors.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerfamilymortuaries.com
Don Franklin Hickman (1890 - 1953)
Juliette Mott Hickman (1899 - 1975)
LoRee Terry Hickman (1919 - 2010)*
Valna Hiskey (1911 - 1995)**
Ida Fern Hickman Madsen (1912 - 1994)**
Berley Hickman Bird (1913 - 1972)**
Don Rue Hickman (1915 - 2005)
William Kay Hickman (1926 - 1927)*
East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
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