Leonard Hicks

Leonard Hicks, age 82 of Norris, SD, died December 30, 2009, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 2, at the Norris Bible Church in Norris, with Rev. Don Letellier officiating.

Music was provided by Anna May Letellier, pianist, and Sandee Yordy, vocalist. Pallbearers were Lance Gibson, Matthew Gibson, Marc Paul, Clint Paul, Tyler Layh, Trevor Layh, Keegan Hicks and Carrington Alfson. Honorary pallbearers were Stacey Alfson, Amber Hicks, Trisha Goodman, Kelby Hicks, Darrian Gibson, Jaden Gibson, Anika Alfson, Emmerson Alfson, Addison Paul, Coral Baglien and Celeste Baglien.

Interment was in the Norris Cemetery.

Leonard Andrew Hicks was born August 4, 1927, in Eli, NE, the sixth of nine children born to Asa Lee and Julia Pauline (Steele) Hicks. As a child he moved with his family to Patricia, SD. He attended Patricia School, and later Bennett County High School, graduating in 1945.

Leonard entered the service after graduation, serving as a military policeman in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged on November 9, 1946.

Leonard returned to the Martin area, where he worked with his parents on the family farm-ranch. It was at that time that he met the love of his life, a school teacher named Janet Belle Tarr. They were united in marriage on June 1, 1948, in Martin. They continued to make their home in Martin until the summer of 1952, when they moved to her parents' farm-ranch six miles southeast of Norris. They continued to live and work on that ranch their entire married life. Besides farming and ranching, Leonard was a longtime Norris township commissioner.

Leonard truly loved everything about ranching, the cattle, the horses, the crops. He was a true steward of the land, trying to give back everything that the land gave him. He cherished the times that his family would all return to the ranch. He also enjoyed rodeos and football, either in the stands or on the television. Leonard will be truly missed by all his family and friends.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife of 61 years, Janet Belle Hicks of Norris; one son, Jerry Hicks and special friend, Kathy, of Norris; four daughters, Carol Ann Gibson and her husband, Bernard, of Box Elder, Cheryl Paul and her husband, Rod, of Miller, Darlene Layh and her husband, Glenn, of Winner, and Jo Ann Goodman of Ft. Pierre; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bud Hicks of Martin and Dale Hicks and his wife, Luella, of Buffalo Gap; four sisters-in-law, Doris Hicks of Martin, Connie Hicks of Rapid City, Peggy Graciano of Washington and Rosetta Thompson of Montana; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Shayne Gibson; a great-granddaughter, Kennedy Alfson; three brothers, Neil, Melvin and John Hicks; and three sisters, Ethel Louden, Amber Hicks and Edith Hicks.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com