|Birth: ||May 17, 1942|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 2009|
Dan Hicks, Ponca City resident, died Fri. Jan. 16, 2009 at his home. He was 66.
The funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at 2pm at Albright United Methodist Church, 128 S. Palm with Pastor Chris Short, officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home and Crematory.
Dan was born in his grandmother's home in Cowling, Ill. On May 17, 1942. He attended school in Southern Illinois and began work at the age of 13. Dan spent his early career in the oil field and then owned his own trucking business. He began his sales career with Dresser Industries which took him to Tennessee and Arizona and Smith Tool which took him to Indiana and finally to Ponca city in 1979 where he was named Director of Domestic and International sales. Dan had friends all over the world due to his international experiences. He retired from Smith in 1997. Dan was again self-employed, purchasing J&J Utilities and Trenching in 1998 which he sold last year due to ill health.
Dan loved NASCAR. He saw many races at various tracks, but his favorite was the opener at Daytona, Florida. He attended the Daytona 500 for 30 + years, meeting friends there for Speedweeks annually and wondering what "the poor people" were doing while he was walking the beach or kicking back while waiting for driver introductions.
Dan was a charter member of the Evansville Indiana Masonic Lodge and also a member of the Ponca City Masonic Lodge #83 A.F.& A.M. and was a 32nd degree Mason. He loved to trail ride and was an honorary lifetime member of the Marland Roundup Club. For several years he shared his wagon with horseless riders lead by his famous mules, Amos & Andy. When Amos & Andy grew too old for rides, they were retired to pasture and Dan gave up trail riding because he knew there would never be another pair of mules that he could get along with like he did Amos & Andy. Everyone missed the sight and sound of Dan on the trial rides.
Dan had a great sense of humor and loved to tease. He could spin a tale like no other and nothing gave him a chuckle like a good practical joke.
When diagnoses with cancer, Dan's doctor asked if there was anything that he wanted to do or anything he had always wanted to see, and Dan responded that he'd been a lucky man and pretty much seen it all. He was a self-made man, a hard worker, a loyal and devoted husband, father and friend. He will be missed by so many people.
He is survived by his wife Deonna Kay (Wyatt) Hicks, with whom he would have celebrated his 49th anniversary on Feb. 23, 2009; children, Noni Parrish and husband Bryan, Scott Hicks and wife Kay, Lynn Evans and husband Walter; grandchildren, Sara, Ethan, Dusten Scott, Myranda, Maritta, Jacob, Magean, Brandon, Cameron and Maddi; four great-grandchildren; his mother, Pearl Lydick and brother Michael Lydick.
He was preceded in death by his father, Laurl Lydick and granddaughter, Melissa Parrish.
Casket bearers will be Scott Hicks, Walter Evans, Bryan Parrish, James Peterson, Tim Lahay and Mike Perrish. Honorary casket bearers will be Mike Lydick, Kenneth Evans, Phillips Walls, Bud Sinclair, Bill King, Jim Funkhouser, Egdar Simmons, Jay Palmer and Tom Bryant.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 N. Union, suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601.
Resthaven Memorial Park
Created by: Judy Mayfield
Record added: Apr 27, 2011
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