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Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Gerald Henry Hykes

July 28, 1949July 2, 2019
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HYKES, Gerald H., 69, of Henrico, passed away on July 2, 2019. He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald G. Hykes; son, Gerald S. Hykes; and great-granddaughter, Alayaha. He is survived by his wife, Patty Hykes; children, Roanna Hoff of Ohio, April Kelly (Butch) of Hanover, Brandy Worsham (Bruce) of Sandston; grandchildren, Tony, Haley, McKenzie, Memphis, Sarah, Trae, Trevor, Kaylin, Abby, Cody, Joey, Shannon, Jessica; and 6 great-grandchildren. Jerry was a self-employed Private Investigator and also a proud Marine who served in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Navy Presidential Unit Citation Military Ribbon, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Military Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Military Ribbon, and the Combat Action Military Ribbon. Jerry will be remembered for his love of VFW, motorcycles, fishing, and hunting. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 8, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va 23231.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2019

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Cheryl Hykes

July 8, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with u all

Helen Golder

July 7, 2019

Aunt Punk and family would like to express our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God be with you and give you peace.

April Kelly

July 7, 2019

The first word that I think of when I think of my dad is Strength. He was the strongest and bravest man I knew. The next word I think of is Love. The way he loved my mom, myself and his family and friends. He would have done anything for us. The next word I think of is Marine (Ooh-Rah). He was so proud of being a marine and taught me to respect all military and the sacrifice they make for our country. I will do my best to honor him by living my life with strength and the love that he showed to me. I love you dad. I miss you dad. At ease Soldier. Semper Fi

George Reymond

July 6, 2019

It is with great sadness that I was informed today (July 5th) of the passing of Jerry Hykes. I wish to offer my condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am Jerry's Uncle and fellow Marine veteran.
It has been decades since Jerry and I last spoke. Not long after his return from Vietnam we had a very long uncle/nephew discussion about our shared experiences in the Marine Corps during which we laughed together and shared a few tears together. Some of the things he had to do in Vietnam far exceeded and bad experiences I had and I was (and still am) very proud of him for his service to our country.
Like many families, as our family members grew up and moved away to start their careers and their own families, time and distance apart took their toll on family relationships. Out of Jerry's children, I can only remember a bubbly little girl named April that Jerry placed in my arms one day during a surprise visit to his grandmother's house (my mother).
If I could say one last thing to Jerry it would be to tell him how much I envy him for that long list of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!
You rest now Marine, you have paid your dues and you earned safe passage through the Pearly Gates! Keep your eyes open for me in the future. Semper FI Marine!
Love, Uncle George

Cindi Smith

July 5, 2019

Patty, I didn’t really know Jerry but I could definitely see the love u two shared in ur pictures online . I’m so very sorry for your loss. He will live forever in ur heart ❤️

Joey Worsham

July 5, 2019

Papa was my best buddy from the time I was little. He was larger than life. I couldn't have been more proud to have him as my grandfather. There no one else I would have picked and I will cherish every memory I have of him and I will miss him always I loved getting to spend time with him R.I.P papa Semper Fi.

Bruce Worsham

July 5, 2019

Where do I start, Jerry was and always will be my father-n-law but in many ways he was like a second Dad to me. I have known Jerry for past 25 years and he was a hard core Marine (SEMPER FI), and I truly was scared of him you see because I married his baby girl Brandy who I know he cherished with his every fiber. Jerry I thank you for accepting me into your family like I was one of your own, and allowing me to marry your wonderful daughter. Rest easy Marine, and Know I will always protect, respect, honor and cherish your daughter, and I will defend and take care of Patty, Brandy and the rest of the family in any way they need. I love you and miss you man. God Speed to a wonderful man.

Brandy Worsham

July 4, 2019

Dad, I don't know where to start. I have always thought of you as my hero. You were like superman. I thought you would be here forever. I didn't tell you enough but I love you so much and I miss you so much it hurts. These last 4 years I will treasure forever. Spending so much time with you was such a gift. I know you are no longer in pain and for that I am grateful. You will always be my number 1. I love you Dad and I know one day I will see you again. Heaven has one awesome angel. Rest in peace dad.

Sarah Hykes

July 4, 2019

You will always be my hero, Papa. I love you more than words can express. Watch over us.

Cody Worsham

July 4, 2019

Papa was the best papa anyone could ever ask for. He was my hero I looked up to him my entire life he was always very supportive and encouraging. I always thought a lot of him in how he served in the military. I love you so much I will miss you more then you will ever know. I hope you are flying high R.I.P. Papa I love you. Semper FI

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