Bobby “Bob” Dean Hicks, of Duncan, Oklahoma, was born October 20, 1931, in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to Floyd and Bernice Hicks. Bob passed from this life at the age of 87, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in the home of his sister and brother-in-law, June and Carl Larkin, in Annapolis, Maryland with his devoted and much loved rescue dog, Sam, by his side.
Bob grew up in Garvin County, where he graduated from Paoli High School in 1949. He married the love of his life, Oletta Pauline Brown of Pauls Valley, whom he had known since grade school on August 26, 1950, at the First Presbyterian Church in Pauls Valley.
Oletta preceded Bob in death on May 13, 2018. His younger brother, Louis R. Hicks, and his sister-in-law, JoAnn Earnhart Brown, also preceded him in death.
Bob was a member of the Oklahoma Reserves. He was activated into the 45th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in 1950, and served as a corporal in Japan and South Korea during the Korean War. He was awarded a commendation for outstanding service to his country. Following his service, Bob worked for Rockwell Aviation, the D-X Sunray Refinery, Halliburton Company, and was manager of Duncan Equipment for many years.
In retirement, Bob found a new passion. He began as a bus driver, driving firefighters into wildfires throughout the country. Later, he began driving a school bus for the Duncan Public Schools. This became a second career. Bob loved the children entrusted to his care and took great delight in seeing them every day.
Bob and Oletta both had a deep affection for animals, particularly rescues. They adopted and fostered countless dogs and cats and cared for the numerous living creatures that came their way.
Bob was a member of Moose Lodge #2202 and served as its president. Bob and Oletta were members of the First Christian Church of Duncan for decades. Bob will be interred in columbaria there next to Oletta at a future date.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, June and Carl Larkin of Annapolis, Maryland; brother-in-law, Austin “Gene” Brown of Durant, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Myrna Peyton Hicks of Oklahoma City; seven nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and nephews, and his rescue dog, Sam, whom he credited with rescuing him following the passing of his beloved wife, Oletta. Sam will continue to live with the Larkin family in Annapolis, Maryland.
Donations in Bob and Oletta’s honor can be made to the Stephens County Humane Society.