Donald Ray Hicks

1940 - 2020

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Donald R. Hicks, 80 of Belle Center, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020. He was born in Floyd County, KY on August 9, 1940 to the late Elisha and Mallie Marie (Centers) Hicks. Don married Linda Sutherland on June 18, 1971 and she survives along with three children; Michael (Michele) Hicks of St. Johns, OH, Lisa (Ed) Smith of Raymond, OH and Rob (Heather) Hicks of Lebanon, OH. Mr. Hicks is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Shane, Kelsey, Kassidy, Hunter (Taylor), Haley, Kelsey, Jaden, Landon, Gabriel, Andrew, two great grandchildren; Alexus and Paeton, brother, Enoch (Paulette-deceased) Hicks of Kenton and sisters; Sharon (John) Riley of WV, Charlotte (Terry) Hamm of Kenton and Bessie Risner of Marion. He was preceded in death by his brothers; Kenneth, Leon, Johnnie, Bill, Albert and Glen Hicks and sisters, Karen Hicks. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Stribling. Don enjoyed making wine, fishing, hunting and was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. He was a former member of the Kenton VFW and the Lima Masonic Lodge F&AM. Don was also an Amateur Ham Radio enthusiast. He enjoyed attending Naval Reunions to see his old friends but most of all, Don loved his grandchildren and attending their sporting events. Don was a 25 year heart transplant recipient, to which he and his family were very grateful for and encourage people to choose donation in hopes of giving someone like Don, additional time with their family. A funeral service will begin at 2:00pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the SCHINDEWOLF-STOUT-CRATES FUNERAL HOME where the family will receive friends from 11:00am Wednesday, until the time of service. A private burial will take place at a later date. Full military honors will be conducted by the Kenton Amvets Post 1994. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Don to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    200 E. Columbus St.
    Kenton, Ohio 43326
    Wednesday, September 30th 2020 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Wednesday, September 30th 2020 - 2:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    200 E. Columbus St.
    Kenton, Ohio 43326

  • Final Resting Place:


  • Contributions:

    Wounded Warrior Project
    P.O. Box 758517
    Topeka, Kansas 66675

  • Instructions:

    Full military rites by the Kenton AMVETS Post #1994 Honor Guard.

Condolences For Donald Ray Hicks

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To : The Hicks Family
Date :Tuesday, September 29th 2020
From : Bill and Sharon Graham
We will always remember the good times and the friendship we shared.

To : Linda Hicks
Date :Wednesday, September 30th 2020
From : Carol Sutherland
I'm so sad to hear of your loss. I'm absolutely positive that he appreciated each and every thing that you did to support him both physically and mentally. That takes great love on your part. Let him rest in peace.

I have contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project as you and he suggested---an honorable cause, for sure.

Love for you and the 'kids' and their families, too.......Carol Sutherland