Gene Hickle

Gene Hickle

Russell Eugene Hickle of Vanceburg passed away peacefully on Friday, August 20, 2021, at his home following a brief illness. He was 89-years-old.

Gene was born at Vanceburg on September 2, 1931, a son of the late Clyde Earl and Violet Swords Hickle.

He attended Lewis County High School and became a successful construction worker/superintendent specializing in highways, structures, and drainage. He was the owner of Hickle’s Carry-Out in Vanceburg and played a big part in community sponsorships for sports teams and county events. His strong work ethic was the key to his success to provide for his family and other families through maintaining employment. He was a member of Vanceburg Christian Church.

In his spare time, Gene enjoyed fishing in Canada and Florida with friends and family. He and Helen spent their winters enjoying the sunshine and friends in southwest Florida. He had a joy for food: shrimp, fish, oysters, spaghetti alfredo, and chicken and dumplings were just a few of his favorites.

Gene was recognized at Lewis County High School in 2020 for being the oldest living basketball player for the Lewis County Lions, a very special event and accomplishment.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Dummitt Hickle; a son, Charles (Patty) Hickle; two daughters, Eugena (John) O’Cull and Jamie Hickle; and a sister, Shirley Bohmer of Estero, Florida. According to Gene, his greatest accomplishment in life was his family and he was proud of his seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren rounding out his beautiful family.

He was preceded in death by a sister Peggy Grayson, and a brother Mitchell Hickle.

A private visitation will be at Gaydos Funeral Home in Vanceburg on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, followed by a service for immediate family. Interment will be in Lewis County Memory Gardens at Black Oak.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Institute.

Our family is especially thankful for Hospice of Hope in Maysville.