James Hickman, 1936-2017

Mr. James L. Hickman, 81, of LaPorte, Indiana, went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2017.

He was born in LaPorte to Fredrick and Frieda (Ploehn) Hickman in March 1936.

Jim was a lifelong resident of LaPorte and happily retired after working for various companies as a draftsman and engineer. He had a love for life and the outdoors, especially fishing. In the spring, Jim could be found fishing for perch on Lake Michigan and ice fishing on Stone Lake in the winter. He was also an infamous do-it-yourselfer and tackled small and big projects alike with passion. He served his country in the National Guard and his Lord in various capacities – most recently, he supported the worship service as a member of the First United Methodist Church band. He was a devoted member and Trustee of First United Methodist Church.

On April 7, Jim married Susan Wingard, who survives. They recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Also surviving are his children: Mary (Tim) Ford of Knox, IN, William (Peggy) Knoll of Mustang, OK, Peggy Knoll of Michigan City, IN, Brenda (Bruce) Zirzow of LaPorte, and Steven (Tammi) Hickman of New Whiteland, IN; as well as his brother, Richard “Butch” Hickman of Kingsbury, IN. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Ronald Hickman; and sister-in-law, Jo Hickman.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff of LaPorte Hospital for the excellent care of our loved one.

Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements, where the family will receive friends, Monday, July 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., and at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A Life Celebration will be held at the church on Tuesday at 10: 30 a.m. with Rev. Robert Vale and Pastor Larry Owens officiating. Burial of Ashes will be held at Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave., LaPorte, IN 46350.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

8 Responses to “James Hickman, 1936-2017”

  1. Jean Kaufman Maxson

    Jul 14. 2017

    My sincerest sympathies to the Hickman family. Such great neighbors when we were growing up. Prayers for comfort and strength during this difficult time. Rest with the angels, Jim.

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  2. Jeff Barnard

    Jul 14. 2017

    Jim and Sue have been great neighbors and friends for nearly 25 years. Jim was always there to lend a hand for neighbors and friends, whether snowblowing in the winter, mowing a lawn or even helping with cars or lending out his tools. He was generous with his time and helpful with his advice. He was a warm and friendly man and I’ll miss my conversations with him. We had a lot of fun talks and always laughed a lot.
    I’ll be praying for Sue and all of Jim’s family during this difficult time.
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot fathom the pain of losing your closest loved one after 55 years together.
    I’m so sorry.

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  3. Carol Bozek

    Jul 15. 2017

    Brenda so sorry to hear about your fathers passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. We grew up in the same neighborhood and have many good memories.

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  4. Tammy hickman

    Jul 15. 2017

    So very sorry for your loss. God speed his comfort to you all. Prayers sent to heaven for you all from me. If you need anything please let me know.

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  5. Sally Bachman Bergman

    Jul 16. 2017

    I’m sorry for your loss. Prayers for your comfort as you remember your dad’s life as it intertwined with yours. Love for you.

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  6. Jeff andSue zirzow

    Jul 16. 2017

    Brenda,
    Sincere sympathy to you and your family on the loss of you Dad. It is a sad time yet there is comfort in knowing he trusted in Jesus as his sure hope of eternal life in heaven. May the Lord comfort you in the days ahead with the “peace that world cannot give”. Jeff , Sue and family.

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  7. Debra (Huber) Ingram

    Jul 17. 2017

    Sue, I am sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. May God wrap his loving arms around you during this time.

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  8. Cathy Bornell

    Jul 18. 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim and my uncle Leroy McAllister were good friends that is how I met him. He was a wonderful man.

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