Roger F. Hicks, 93, of Chazy, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at Uihlein Living Center in Lake Placid.
Roger was born in Catskill on April 17, 1920, the third of four boys to the late William and Winifred Hicks. He grew up in Cementon until age 9 when the family moved to Belvidere, N.J.
Roger graduated from Belvidere High School in 1938 and attended Duke University in Durham, N.C. for a couple of years. He married Bertha G. Nunn of Hackettstown, N.J. on June 7, 1941 at the Belvidere Methodist Church Parsonage. They lived in Belvidere until 1984 when they retired to Saranac Lake. Berdie passed on Aug. 19, 1995. Roger moved to Chazy to live with his daughter Kc in 2009 while spending winters in California with his other daughter, Robin. He had been living at Uihlein Living Center for the last couple of years.
Roger was in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was the pilot of the B-24 Liberator. His plane was hit with flack during a mission to Germany and ended up crashing in Sweden where he served time as a P.O.W. Fortunately all of his crew made it out alive. He received an air medal for his service. That incident made such an impact on the community that a museum was started and a book written about it, entitled "Red Dog."
Some of his other activities included being a charter member of the Belvidere Ambulance Corps, former Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #141, recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, an honorary member of the Belvidere Rotary club, a Paul Harris Fellow and former member of Warren Lodge #13 F&AM.. He also was the owner/operator of the former Hicks Printing Company in Washington, N.J.
He is predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Berdie Nunn Hicks; his three brothers, Robert, Frances, and G. Homer Hicks; and his eldest son, Roger F. Hicks II. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law David and Janis Hicks of Belvidere, N.J.; daughter and son-in-law Kc and Jeff Mace of Chazy; daughter Robin Felton of Huntington Beach, Calif.; daughter-in-law Jean Hicks of Washington, N.J.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church St., Saranac Lake. A graveside service will be held at the Belvidere Cemetery, Oxford Street, Belvidere, N.J. at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 with the services of MacFadden Funeral Home, 325 Hardwick Street, Belvidere, N.J.
Memorial donations in the name of Roger F. Hicks may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at WoundedWarriorProject.org.
Online condolences may be made at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com and www.macfaddenfuneralhome.com.