Gary Wayne Hicks, 71 of Staunton, Illinois died Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Born September 13, 1947 in Broken Arrow, OK, he was the son of Gene Hicks and the Late Mary (Decker) Guerin. He worked as a Forklift Operator for Jefferson Smurfit in Alton, IL for many years. He also drove a truck for CR England. He was a member of the Staunton Masonic Lodge # 177 A.F. & A.M. and Net Community Church in Staunton. Gary helped organize the “CHIP” program at the Staunton Elementary School. He married Betty Fulks on October 23, 1970 in Wood River, IL and she survives.
Also surviving are 3 Children – Jeannie (Dale) Nance of Sawyerville, IL;
Tanya (Doug) Stueber of Grantfork, IL;
Michael (Jessica) Hicks of Springfield, IL
9 Grandchildren – Christopher Hicks, Brittany (Ryan) Webb, Ariel (Nathan) Ward, Johnny Lovsey,
Bryce Lovsey, Jordan Hicks, Xavier Hicks, Trinity Hicks, & Micha Hicks
1 Great-granddaughter – Elizabeth Nance
1 Sister – Kay (Dave) Hoover of Tulsa, OK
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Cora Mae & Benjamin Decker.
Step-Father- Earl Guerin
Friends may call from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Net Community Church in Staunton. Funeral services will follow at 11 AM at Net Community Church with Rev. Derrick Taylor officiating. Burial will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Memorials are suggested the family.