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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

R. Lynden Hickey Jr.

August 21, 1934August 11, 2019
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R. L. Hickey, Jr. left this life on August 11, 2019 in Abilene, Texas. He was 84.

Lyn was born in 1934 on a small farm in Lamar, Arkansas to Ralph and Gertie Hickey. He had one younger sister, Jan who always adored her big brother. When Lyn was in high school, his family migrated to Detroit, Michigan so his father could work in the steel mills. Lyn developed a love for baseball and played on the high school team. He graduated in 1952 and began working in a TV repair shop in Detroit.

His family was attending the Church of Christ in Detroit, and it was there where he met the love of his life, Joann Arbuckle. They married in 1953 and had two daughters, Jody and Leatha. In 1962 Lyn began work with RCA, repairing computers, and the company moved his family to San Antonio, Texas. He had top secret security clearance with the US government because he would repair computers on air force bases. RCA moved his family to Dallas, back to San Antonio, then to Houston in 1968. There he left the computer world and developed his own building maintenance company in the early 1980s. He named this company KL Building Maintenance, after his two oldest granddaughters … Kimberly and Lettie. Eventually he added lawn maintenance to this business and was successful for many years until he retired. He served as a Bible teacher, deacon, and elder at Memorial Church of Christ for many years. He later moved to Abilene with his daughter Leatha, where he lived until he passed away.

Lyn is preceded in death by his wife, Joann. He is survived by his daughter Jody Nixon and her husband David of Columbus, Ohio, his daughter Leatha Bailey and her husband Tommy of Abilene, Texas; his six grandchildren Kimberly (& Matthias) Beyer, Carrie (& Andrew) Lahnovych, Jonathan Nixon, David (& Christy) Bailey, Sharon (& Ryan) Strand , and Lettie (& Kile) Morrow; and five great-grandchildren Luke Morrow, Samuel Beyer, Simon Lahnovych, Henry Beyer, and Fox Strand. He is also survived by his sister Jan (& Pete) McCoy, and his nephew Peter (& Kim) McCoy and niece Carolyn McCoy.

He will be remembered by his family and friends at Memorial Church of Christ with a family visitation from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Friday August 16, and a funeral service at 10:00 on Saturday August 17, followed by burial at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

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Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Bob White

August 18, 2019

Lynden and I were teenage friends and I will also remember the night he and I, along with our good friend Alline Carey were taken from the protracted meeting at the Slate Hill Church of Christ and baptized in the clear waters of Minnow Creek in the same neighborhood. The next week his cousin Ray Willis followed suit, and the next Sunday someone memorialized the event in this picture of the four of us. We later double dated (for he had access to the family 1939 Chevy) neither of us married the girls we were dating. My brother and I made the trip with the family to Detroit later to work during the summer. It was years later, when we were grandparents, that we got reacquainted. I will always remember him and the kindness his parents and extended family always showed me.

J. D. Cash

August 14, 2019

About a year ago, I picked up the phone and a male voice said, "Hello, is this JD Cash?" I said yes, who's calling? The voice said, "JD, this is Lynden Hickey." It had been too many years since I had heard those kind tones. Old memories came flooding back. When I heard that he had died Sunday, the flood rushed back in again. In 1952, Lyn was a senior at Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan and I was a sophomore; he befriended me and became almost a mentor to me. We lived just a little way from each other, and it seemed wherever he'd go anywhere around town, he'd pick me up in his maroon Chevy Fleetwood with the sun visor, we'd travel all over Detroit. We’d drive to church activities, errands, softball games and baseball games (he was a natural infield athlete—I was always in right field). Neither of us had girlfriends at the time and we'd sit together at church. When we made Wednesday night talks, we'd compete to see how many minutes we could last. Without question, he was closer to me than any friend I ever had. He was always there with advice if I wanted it and I often did. It seemed to me that Lynden always knew where he was going in life, as if there was some giant magnet out there somewhere that was pulling him toward itself. That was true concerning his work; it was absolutely true concerning his God. When my sister-like cousin, Joann, came up to Detroit from Abilene, where she'd been in college, who should I introduce her to? So, Lyn and I didn't sit together at church anymore. He was always interested in my work as a preacher, and was instrumental in getting Lorrie and me near to where he and Joann were in Texas. He always opened his heart and home to me and mine. He is now with our Lord and with our beloved Joann, and our families. Nothing else matters nearly so much as to meet them there. JD Cash

Herman Alexander

August 13, 2019

First, my condolences to Jodie and Leatha -- and the rest of the family.
I first met Lyn in 1954 when I went to Detroit to work during the summer between my Freshman and Sophomore years at Harding College ("College" in those days). It was a joy to be among so many there who were so warm, friendly, and encouraging.
Two events stand out with Lyn during that summer. He, J.D. Cash, and I made a quick trip to Niagara Falls -- a memorable experience. Then I went with him to my first professional baseball game -- a double-header between Detroit and Cleveland.
It was always a joy to connect up with him and JoAnn occasionally through the years -- all too infrequently, I might add. Lyn, you are loved and appreciated. Thank you for all of your kindnesses shown to me.

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Lyn and his mom, Gertie

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High School Graduation

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Lyn and his mom, Gertie

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High School Graduation

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Lyn and Jan