Bill was Station Manager for Southwest/Pacific Airlines in
Medford during the late 50's and then went to Alaska Airlines for a very brief
period. Coming back to Pacific as a Station Agent in Chico where along with
Captain Oscar (Bill) Cleal, they were both shot, in the first attempted
hi-jacking of a commercial airline. This happened on July 31st, 1961. Allen
Wheeler was the co-pilot. Following his recovery, Bill was assigned to Eureka
as Station Manager. Later he was transferred to Medford and ultimately to
Redding, CA, where he took an early retirement in 1983 when Republic Airlines
closed the Redding station and many other station on the Hughes Airwest system.
Bill and his wife, Sally moved from Redding to Redmond, OR and eventually to
Whidby Island, WA.
There will not be any
service, Bill's request, but condolences may be sent to Sally, his wife of 60
Passage View Lane
Langley, WA 98260
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His often arduous journey through this life completed, William Lowell
(Bill) Hicks, Jr. was called to his eternal life June 18, 2006.
joins his oldest son, Jeffrey Hicks, who was a long-time resident of Whidbey
Bill was born Feb. 14, 1924 in Fresno, Calif. to William Lowell
Hicks, Sr. and Susan Koeberer Hicks, one of four children.
his country during World War II as a flight engineer in the Air Transport
Command in the Pacific Theater. His B-24 flew men and supplies between
Australia, New Guinea and various islands and Hawaii.
His entire working
career was in the airline industry, assigned initially with Alaska Airlines in
Anchorage, Ak in 1946, until his retirement from Republic Airlines.
will be sorely missed by his wife of 60 years, Sally Boyer Hicks, and their two
younger sons, Duane J. Hicks (Marie Noelle) and Curtis C. Hicks (Patricia). He
also was very dear to Jeff’s wife, Lynn Hicks, and Jeff’s children, Kari, Jason,
Mathew and Sara. He took great joy in his great-grandchildren.
survived by one brother, Richard Hicks (Belle) of Ukiah, Calif., and his many
cousins. He will be missed by his family and many friends from Alaska to
Bill Hicks will be honored by those who knew him as a proud,
strong man who loved his family, and as an ever stalwart patriot of his