William H. Hicks, 75, of Brazil died Friday evening at 9:15 p.m. at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born in Terre Haute on Feb. 10, 1931, the son of the late Cyril W. and Mary Herbert Hicks, both of whom preceded him. He was a 1950 graduate of Brazil High School.
The former owner of Hicks Auto Supply Inc., a business founded by his father in 1921, he had retired approximately 10 years ago. Also, for several years he served on the Clay County Alcohol Beverage Commission.
A Korean War veteran, he was an active member for 52 years of the American Legion and in 2005 received its Distinguished Service Award at the annual state convention. A commander of the local Post 2, he held the position on three occasions. In addition, he had served in many capacities at both state and national levels and had been an attendee at 40 national conventions.
Other memberships were the 40 & 8, VFW Post 1127, BPO Elks Lodge, the Moose and Eagles lodges, Masonic Lodge 264 and the Last Man's Club 5, all of Brazil; and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Terre Haute.
Surviving are his wife, Sue Ann Brown Hicks, whom he married Feb. 16, 1957; one son and his wife, Troy and Cindy Hicks, Brazil; a sister, Ann Hicks, Brazil; a grandson, Michael Okulovich, Brazil; and three great-grandchildren, Cainan, Brevan and Jace.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, in Lawson-Miller Chapel. Rev. Howard Hughes will officiate and military rites will be conducted by the American Legion and VFW. Cremation will follow.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are requested to be made to Hoosier Boy's State and envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.
For messages of condolence or to light a candle in his memory, log on to www.lawsonmillerchapel.com.