Robert Nolen Eugene Hicks, a faithful Christian solider of God, born May 5, 1936, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on June 12, 2014. He was the son of Bernice E. Hicks and Norma Ray Hicks (Midgett) of Maury City, Tennessee. He was currently of Lansing, Michigan.
He grew up on a family farm in Tennessee and his life-long passions were the conservation of wildlife, and its natural resources. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Tennessee State University where he met, and then married Thelma L. Hicks (Bias) in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army for 3 years in research and development, all over the world, including the Greenland Ice Cap, and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Robert retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a District Soil Conservationist after 47 years of service.
Bob was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church where he faithfully served in different stewardship roles. He was involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Neighborhood Watch program, Farm Bureau and Rotary International. He was an avid fan of The Michigan State University Athletic programs and the Detroit Tigers.
Robert was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Thelma L. Hicks, of 51 years of marriage; parents, Bernice E. Hicks and Norma Ray Hicks (Midgett); and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur E. Bias Sr. and Musetta L. Bias (Farmer).
He is survived by his children, Derrick N. Hicks and Belinda N. (David) Kammeraad (Hicks); brothers, Charles (Sandra) Hicks, John (Mary) Hicks, Michael (Bernetta) Hicks, Solomon Midgett, and Will Lee (Shirley) Midgett; sister-in-law, Doris Bias, and family; loving grandchildren, Christopher and Laurie Kammeraad; special in-law, Gonda Kammeraad; and a host of grandnieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E. St. Joseph Hwy., Lansing, with Pastor Bill Wangelin officiating. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School. Condolences may be left for the family at www.EstesLeadley.com