June 29, 1932 – January 27, 2019
Dr. Richard Allan “Dick” Hickner completed the migration of his life on Sunday, January 27, 2019, in Lake Jackson, Texas. Mr. Hickner was the eighth child born to Frank and Hazel Hickner of Baudette, Minnesota, on June 29th, 1932. He is survived by one remaining sibling, George Bernard Hickner of Phoenix, Arizona. He is preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Doris Mildred Bolduc Hickner, their daughter, Jean Hickner, and granddaughter, Paige Holcomb. He is survived by children Matthew Hickner (Janet) of Bakersfield, California, Bridget Hickner-Carroll (Forest) of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Kristen Hickner (Fred Damian) of Pasadena, Texas, Andrew Hickner (Duuana) of Medina, Texas, Allan Hickner (Janet Robin) of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Edward Hickner (Lori) of Angleton, Texas. He has over twenty grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dick was born in Baudette, Minnesota. He graduated from Saint John’s University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Chemistry and later earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Purdue University. There he met his future wife, Doris Bolduc, and they married in August of 1956. He moved his young family to Midland, Michigan, where he would become a research chemist for the Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Hickner worked for Dow for thirty-four years and received numerous patents for his efforts. In 1972, the Hickner family moved to Lake Jackson, Texas, where he lived until the time of his death. In addition to his work at Dow, he was an active outdoorsman who volunteered with the National Wildlife Refuge system and often travelled to Austin and Washington DC on his own to lobby for protections for wildlife. During those many trips, he took thousands of pictures of migratory birds and other wildlife. Funeral services will be held at Restwood Funeral Home at 1038 W. Plantation Dr in Clute, TX on Saturday, February 2, 2019, with visitation from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, service at 2:00 PM, and graveside at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made by check to Friends of the Brazoria Wildlife in memory of Richard A. Hickner and mailed to PO Box 505, Lake Jackson, TX 77566-0505. The family would like to thank A-Med Hospice and Help Inc. for all their assistance.
- Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2019
- A Celebration of Life Saturday, February 2, 2019
February 12, 2019
Dick was my first supervisor at the Dow Chemical Company in Midland Michigan in 335 Building. We worked on the second floor with sulfur compounds which often had obnoxious odors. Dick was an excellent supervisor. When the lab was reorganized I eventually moved to Central Research. Many years later when the 335 building was demolished I received a phone call from the supervisor who was involved in the razing of the building asking me to come over to instruct them as what to do about the obnoxious odors that were coming from the project. These bad odors were from samples of the sulfur compounds that Dick was working on and had not been completely cleaned out before the building was torn down.
My condolences to the family as I only learned of Dick's passing by typing his name on the Internet. I was reminiscing this weekend and Dick's name came to my mind. So I said to myself wondering if I could learn anything about Dick as I had no contact with him since he left Midland and was saddened by what I found.
February 2, 2019
My heart and prayers go out to the family. Your Dad was a special man. We were neighbors to your family when we lived on Linden Lane in the late 70's. I admired both of your parents. There was never a dull moment between our two houses. I thank God for placing you folks in my life. May God bring you peace and comfort during this time of saddness.