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Jack Irving Hicks

Jack Irving Hicks, a longtime resident of Okmulgee, died at his home, Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at the age of 80. He was born June 14, 1923 at Mazie, Oklahoma to Henry and Hattie Mae (Williams) Hicks. After graduating from Henryetta High School, he entered the military and served in World War II in the Southern Philippines and was at Luzon. After his return he did a variety of jobs, among them working at Safeway Stores in construction and building and Ball Brothers Glass Plant. He was very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was Past Post Commander at VFW Post 1189 in Okmulgee. He was honored as Mr. VFW of the State of Oklahoma and for participating in over 2000 Funeral Military Honor Guards. He was also honored by the State of Oklahoma, Elks Lodge and the Creek Nation for the Military Honor Guard participation for all veteranís. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Earl.

Survivors include a daughter, Terry Steinbacher of Wichita, Kansas, a son, Allen L. Hicks of Marysville, Washington, two brothers, Charles J. Hicks of Henryetta and Clem Hicks of Pensecola, Florida, a sister, Marie McKinney of Houston, Missouri and two grandchildren.

Graveside Military Rites will be held 4:00 P.M., Saturday, March 6, 2004 at the Westlawn Cemetery of Henryetta conducted by VFW Post 1189 of Okmulgee and 539 of Henryetta. The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to assist with expenses. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.