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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, Thursday, September 10, 2015

OBITUARY ~ MELVIN "LOWELL" HICKMAN
August 24, 1929 ~ September 8, 2015

Melvin Lowell Hickman, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, after a short illness.

Lowell was born Aug. 24, 1929, to Charles W. and Edith Liese Hickman in Lafayette County, Mo. He graduated from Corder, Mo., High School in 1949. He and Janet Hudson were married Aug. 25, 1957, in the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church. Their son, Mark, was born Feb. 21, 1967, in Mount Ayr.

Lowell served in Korea with the Army from 1951 to 1953, and moved to Mount Ayr after his discharge. Lowell farmed with his father, then in 1960, began farming in Jefferson Township north of Mount Ayr. He retired from farming in 1986, when the family moved to Mount Ayr.

Lowell served with the Ringgold County Sheriff's Department from 1975 to 2001, first as a reserve officer, later as a deputy, and again as a reserve officer. He was a member of the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 172, the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association Board.

Although Lowell's first love was his family, he had a real passion for farming, his livestock, and had a particular interest in tractors especially the red ones. He enjoyed outdoor work, and took pride in keeping his lawn and shrubbery attractive and well-groomed.

Survivors include his wife, Janet, and son, Mark, both of Mount Ayr; two brothers, Rodney Hickman and wife Charlene, of Manning, and Dwight Hickman and wife Marcia of Mount Ayr; a sister, Marjorie Millard, Alexandria, Va.; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his stepmother, Irene Hickman; his parents-in-law, Walter and Alice Hudson; and his brother-in-law, Loyd Hudson.

Memorials are for Ringgold County Sheriffs Reserve or Mount Ayr United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa, on Friday, September 11 from. 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The family will be present from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Funeral Service will be conducted on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 West Monroe St., Mount Ayr, IA. Interment will be made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, IA 50854.

Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2015

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