MOUNT VERNON — Jeffery A. Hicks, 73, of Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Jeff was a loving husband, brother-in-law, uncle, son and friend. He was born June 26, 1945, in Montreal, Quebec, to the late Dr. Fred and Mary Helen (Phillips) Hicks.

During summers when Jeff was young, he attended Comack Camp in Ontario, as a camper and later as a counselor and swim instructor for both American and Canadian Red Cross. He graduated from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, with a degree in history, English and political science. He always loved reading about and talking about history. He worked in sales and purchasing. In 1980, Jeff met and married Colleen Conard. They lived several years in Illinois, where they both worked for Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook. Jeff always loved nature, and after returning to Ohio, Colleen and Jeff owned Sleepy Hollow Farm for several years, where he grew and sold pumpkins, and grew pine and birch trees. Jeff especially enjoyed gardening and loved rocks and trees. He also loved photography, and was always ready to capture a picture of a beautiful flower.

Jeff was a member of the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. He is survived by his beloved wife Colleen; a sister-in-law, Karen Seward of Mount Vernon; two nephews, Brice (Dawn) Seward of Shreve and Andrew (Amy) Seward of Fredericktown; great-nephews, Miles and Emerson Seward of Fredericktown.

Along with his parents, Jeff is preceded in death by a brother, Fred Hicks of Illinois; and sister-in-law, Kathy Culwell.

A memorial service will be held at the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church: 205 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jerry Ernst and Rev. Dr. John Capper officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org; or to Canine Companions, 4989 State Route 37, East Delaware, OH 43015.

To view this obituary or leave the family with a memory, visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jeffery A. Hicks.

 

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