BYRON – Hubert Arthur “Hugh” Hickey, 81, of Byron, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. He was born May 21, 1936 in Rockford.
He graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1954 and then the University of Notre Dame in 1958. He served in the US Army. Hugh started his business career at International Harvester Co., where he held various positions in Northern Illinois, including the Chicago area. He then worked at Sundstrand of Rockford for many years, the bulk of the time serving as “manager of contracts” for the aviation division. In the course of these duties, he did extensive travel throughout the world, which he enjoyed immensely.
Hubert was preceded in death by his parents, Carolyn Yvonne (Condon) Hickey and Francis D. Hickey.
He was the proud father of 4; Mark Hickey of Davis Junction, Katherine Gernes of St. Paul, Minn., David Hickey of O’Neil, Neb., and Maria Altman of St. Louis, Mo. He was the father-in-law of 4 loving people; Susan Wright Hickey, Julius Gernes, Karri Knudson Hickey, and Robert Altman. Hubert was the proud grandfather of 10; Briana, Lindsey, and Caroline Hickey of Davis Junction; Alexander, Brendon, and Meaghan Gernes of St. Paul, Minn.; Carter Hickey of O’Neil, Neb.; Thomas Schippereit of Laramie, Wyo; and Benjamin and Elizabeth Altman of St. Louis, Mo. He is also survived by two siblings and their spouses; Roger A. Hickey and Mary Ann Saxe Hickey of Davis Junction, amd Mary Ann Hickey Walsh and James Michael Walsh of Lincolnshire. Hubert was the loving uncle of many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grand nephews.
Christian funeral mass was held Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church, Byron. Visitation was held Friday from 5-7 p.m., concluding with the Rosary at 7 p.m., in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Rockford. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.