Kenneth John "Ken" Hickman

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May 3, 1934 ~ June 28, 2014

Kenneth "Ken" John Hickman of La Center, WA, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2014 at Discovery Nursing & Rehab in Vancouver, WA. He was 80 years of age.
Ken will be inurned at Willamette National Cemetery on July 21. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 31, 7-9 p.m. at the Summit Grove Lodge, 30810 NE Timmen Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642. RSVP would be appreciated; 360-606-9232 or
Ken was born in Reading, MA on May 3, 1934 to the late Ernest S. and Mildred E. Hickman.
Ken had a passion for helping others and pursued a career in nursing. He graduated from nursing school as an RN and anesthesia school as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Ken proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. While on tour in Vietnam, he practiced anesthesia at the 12th Evacuation Hospital. He was presented with the Bronze Star Medal and was honorably discharged.
Ken retired in 1996 as a CRNA from Bess Kaiser Hospital in Portland, OR.
He loved to travel and visited many countries during and after his military service. He traveled across the U.S. many times in his RV. He always had many stories to tell of all his adventures.
Ken and his wife Judy have resided in La Center, WA for the past 12 years. Ken was very community minded and volunteered for many organizations. He was a member of the American Legion Post 189, the La Center Historical Museum and Melvin Jones Fellow and past president of the La Center Lions Club. He was also president of his Homeowners Association and participated in various activities and committees for the City of La Center.
Ken is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judith A. Hickman; son, Roger Hickman and his wife Laurel; daughter Lois Beck and her husband Jerry; and two brothers, Ernest and Edward Hickman. He was a proud grandfather to six grandchildren, Gregory, Sarah, Matthew, David, Karl and Keyara; and five great-grandchildren, Avery, Kenley, Levi, Abigail and Andee.
Ken will be remembered for his sense of humor and his devotion to his family and friends. Ken will be truly missed by all that knew him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the La Center Lions Club, PO Box 432, La Center, WA 98629 or La Center Historical Museum, 410 West 5th Street, La Center, WA 98629, or to .
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Published in The Columbian on July 17, 2014
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