Gene M. Hickey, Jr.
Gene M. Hickey Jr. died in his home in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at age 68.
Mr. Hickey was born April 6, 1934, in Dunsmuir. Mr. Hickey grew up in Dunsmuir and Woodland and graduated from Woodland High School.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957, stationed in Presque Isle, Maine. He returned to California, living in Marysville from 1957 to 1959.
Mr. Hickey graduated from Yuba College and then lived in Chico from 1959 to 1965. He graduated from Chico State College and worked for Chico schools as a teacher and counselor.
In 1965, Mr. Hickey went to Bangkok, Thailand, as director of student activities at the International School of Bangkok until 1967.
From 1968 to 1975, he lived in Yuba City and worked for the Yuba City Unified School District as a guidance counselor then vice principal of Yuba City High School. He later became principal of Wilson Continuation School.
Mr. Hickey moved to Woodland in 1975, where he worked for Yuba Community College as director of the Woodland Center.
In 1978, he moved to Alaska, where he was dean of admissions and records and director of student services at the University of Alaska, Juneau, retiring in 1989.
He then flew for Channel Flying as a commercial bush pilot until retiring in 1998. He continued flying his personal aircraft with family and friends and enjoyed sharing the beauty of Alaska.
Mr. Hickey is survived by his wife, Judy Hickey, and beloved dogs, "Moose" and "Bandit" of Juneau.
He is also survived by his children, Susan Kauk of Yuba City, Gene Hickey III of Meridian and Mike Hickey of Sutter; step-children, Tom Lopez of Winters and Julie Oppenheimer of Calabasas; grandchildren, Jason and Kevin Kauk, Nicole Hickey, Andy, Sam and Gabriel Hickey, Kristina Lopez, Matt Milliron and wife, Stacey, and Peer Marie Oppenheimer.
He is also survived by his sister, Mary Rigby of Auburn; brother, Richard Kemp of Sacramento; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service and burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Mount Shasta Memorial Park and Cemetery in Mt. Shasta.
Source: "The Daily Democrat," Monday, September 09, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California).