Herbert Hicks, Sr. passed away at Taylor House Hospice on February 6, 2021, at the age of 89. He was born to Cyrus and Olivia Hicks on February 19, 1931, the youngest of six children.

Herb was a proud East High graduate “Lee Township against the world.” He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army’s 27th Reg. Wolfhounds from 1951-1953 during the Korean War.

Herb was a member of the Boline-Manfredi VFW Post 9662, Local 347 Electrical Union, and Masonic Lodge. He served as a Saylor Township trustee and was a representative to the 11th District IBEW.

Herbie was an interesting character and that’s what made him special and great. A devoted family man, you would always spot him standing and supporting his children and grandchildren during their various events and activities.

“Herb Hicks from the sticks” engaged people in conversation about his grandchildren, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and politics. Herb’s family knew during Hawkeye games there would be a play-by-play phone conversation with lifetime friend, Scotty. Members of the community recognized Herbie and his Hawkeye truck as he drove through the neighborhood honking and waving. A special thank you to his neighbor Bill for keeping Herbie’s Hawkeye truck and lawnmower in good running condition to cruise around the community and neighborhood.

Herb is survived by his children, Debbie (Bill) Castro, Tish (Jeff) Hayes, Buddy (Cindy) Hicks, and Shelly (Al) Stoppel; grandchildren: Jaime Black, Levi Castro, Julianne Castro, Riley (Jake) Speer, Alex Hicks, Christopher (Elizabeth) Hicks, Gabriel (Emily) Hicks, and Cody (Ashley) Stoppel; great-grandchildren, Braelyn and Conner Stoppel; as well as many nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Sandy; his parents, Cyrus and Olivia, and five siblings.

A graveside service will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in loving memory of Herb.

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Service Details

Graveside service at a later date
Urn burial at a later date
Pine Hill Cemetery
Des Moines, Iowa
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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