William Otis Hickman

Born: Tue., Aug. 8, 1916
Died: Mon., Feb. 27, 2012

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William O. Hickman August 8, l9l6-February 27, 20l2 William O. Hickman passed away February 27 in a local care facility. He was 95 years old. William Otis Hickman was born August 8, l9l6 in Windfall, Indiana, to Harry Lee Hickman and Emma E Rush. He had six brothers, Luke, Jesse, Jim, David, George and John Lee, and one Sister, Viola. As a young man, Otis joined the CCCs in Indiana and transferred to Vail, Oregon where he meant Goldie Forsman, who later became his wife. They moved to Portland, Oregon in l942 where he was a welder in the Swan Island shipyards during the war. He later moved to Pendleton, Oregon where he opened a gas station with his brother-in-law, Clyde Forsman. In l950 he went to work driving a propane truck for Ernie Young. He was later employed at Cascade Natural Gas as a welder and serviceman where he worked for 25 years until his retirement in l98l. He loved to work with wood and created many treasures for his family to enjoy for years to come, He was preceeded in death by his wife Goldie and a granddaughter, Marla. He is survived by his son Eugene Hickman Linda, daughter Lois Cooper Lanny, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 5, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park, Pendleton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society or St. Anthony Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made directly or in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

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Rod & Kay Hickman
   Posted Fri March 02, 2012
Dear Eugene & Lois, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to both you and your family. We were so sad to hear about Uncle Otis, he was such a wonderful man and I know that he was a great father too. I will always remember and cherish the summers we spent together in the house overlooking Pendleton enjoying each other as one family. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Catholene Weckerle
   Posted Mon March 05, 2012
Eugene and Lois, Our sincere condolences to the both of you and your families. Your father was a wonderful man. I have such great memories to treasure. The trips to Pendleton were always so much fun. The memories of your dad will always be with you, whatever you do and wherever you go. For now, may caring thoughts from others help you through your loss. God Bless! Harry and Catholene Weckerle 3/5/2012

Julie Stratton
   Posted Tue March 06, 2012
I remember like yesterday the lights on at grandma Bernice's house and think Otis & Goldie must be out for game night with Earl & Irvin & grandma! They played Clobber and Yatzee till the wee hours sometimes! My deepest sympathy to you and all the family, Lois. ~Julie

Dolly Johnsn
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
Gene and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father must have been an amazing man. My mother spoke of him often and it was a rush to write as soon as she received a letter from him. I think he returned letters as quickly. She told the story many times of your dad and his brother Jim that came and stayed in their shack in the northwoods of Minnesota. I'm sure they are rejoicing in Heaven together. God bless and keep you all.

Don Tombleson
   Posted Thu March 15, 2012
My condolences. In Arizona. Otis was very positive and uplifting. He and Goldie let me bring my son over to their home when he was in grade school. Wanted him to here other peoples stories in the church. We had a good vist, shared with us his models he had made from wood. Brother Don Tombleson

Larry and Karen Runyon
   Posted Sat March 31, 2012
We are sorry to hear of your loss. We enjoyed Otie over the years at Cascade Natural Gas, where he and Larry worked together. He always had a smile. God Bless.

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