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Des Moines, Iowa


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605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Lowell "Bruce" Hicks

Lowell Bruce Hicks-Bey was blessed with life on November 27, 1950 to parents Thomas F. Hicks, Sr. and Mildred I. Brown (Hoskins) in Ottumwa, Iowa. God called him home on March 16, 2017. He was educated in the Wapello and Blackhawk county public schools and later graduated from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) with a degree in Liberal Arts. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Francis Hicks, Sr. and Mildred Irene Hoskins, and siblings, Rita Francine Hicks, Beatrice Alexis Hicks, and Thomas Francis Hicks, Jr.

Bruce or “BoBo”, as he was called by many friends and family, was a kind, generous, family-oriented man with a big heart and an even bigger smile. His hobbies included fishing, playing dominoes, and spending time with his great nephew, Tahj. He was a talented wood worker and created numerous masterpieces. He loved Cadillacs, painting, poetry, basketball, football, dogs, and fried chicken. He loved life, telling jokes and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Bruce served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was affiliated with the Moorish Science Temple of America.

Bruce was married to Susan Kaiser and though no children were born of their union, he leaves a multitude of family and friends to cherish his loving memory. He loved and enjoyed his family and was fiercely protective of each of them. He will be greatly missed by his sister, LeAnne Brown Harris. He is also survived by his nephews, Andre Brown, Thomas Francis (Trai) Hicks, Todd Williams (Jennifer), and Darrick Hicks (Kristy); nieces, Carla Brown Marble, Tione Hicks, and Jontell Harris; great nieces, Royonah Marble, Roichelle Marble, Alexis Hicks, and Lynley Hicks; and great nephews, Terrin Hicks, Carlo Marble, Reid Hicks, Tahj Williams, and Asher Limonthas. He also leaves many more loving cousins and a host of friends.

The family would like to thank the Rose assisted living apartment management and staff, Veterans Hospital of Central Iowa doctors and nursing staff, and his neighbors for all of their care, help, compassion and friendship over the years.

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