Steve A. Hickman, 61

Steve A. Hickman, 61, of Dagsboro, Del., and formerly of Millville, Del., passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the loving care of his wife and Delaware Hospice.

He was born on May 3, 1957 in Lewes, Del., to his late father, Robert Hickman, and his mother who survives him, Carolyn Bradford Hickman. He was a gentle, kind man who was devoted to his family, who touched the lives of many people. Hickman followed in his father’s example of being jolly, full of fun and just pleasant to be around. He was a 1975 graduate of Indian River High School; a success in poultry farming with his father in the early years; and a volunteer with the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s Rescue Squad.

In 1978, he married Debbie Hammond, and together they raised a son, Ethan. Hickman went to work for Sussex County, retiring after 33 years of service. He loved Ford cars, especially Mustangs, and when Sussex County started naming roads, he convinced them to name his road “Mustang Road.” He restored a Farm All cub tractor, and enjoyed carrying his son on it as a youngster. Hickman was completely devoted to his son. He also loved the outdoors and maintained his own greenhouse.

Hickman is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie; his son, Ethan Lee Hickman and his wife, Dawn, of Dagsboro; his mother, Carolyn Hickman; his brother, Glenn Hickman of Dagsboro; his mother-in-law, Annette Hammond; his nieces, Chelsea Bolen and Nichole Marvel and her fiancé, Spencer Sturla; and his nephew, Brandon Marvel and his wife, Amanda.

The family sincerely wishes to express their gratitude to the River Church community for all their support and help during Hickman’s illness.

A funeral service and celebration of life will be held at The River (Roxana Wesleyan Church) in Roxana, Del., on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 1 p.m., with visitation starting at noon. The Rev. Mike Ennis will officiate. Interment follows at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Dagsboro, Del.

Flowers are welcomed, as are memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963.

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