ROCKFORD – Earl H. Hickey, 92, of Rockford, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014, at Presence St. Anne Center in Rockford.
He was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Rockford, the son of William and Meta (Zitski) Hickey. His mother was from Germany. Earl’s grandfather, Michael, came from Tipperary, Ireland. Earl graduated from St. Thomas High School in Rockford. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy. He was a cook while enlisted. Earl married Catherine Conroy in 1964 in Walton. He was a clerk with the Post Office for 50 years, where his father, William, also was employed for 50 years. Earl was a proud member of Blackhawk Trails Club and Holy Family Catholic Church. He enjoyed music, going out to eat, and trips to the casino boats. He was a huge Notre Dame football fan.
The Hickey family would like to give great appreciation to the staff at St. Anne and Morningstar Village for Earl’s care.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Joanne (John) Bowes; grandchildren, Andrea and Ryan Bowes; sister-in-law, Phyllis Conroy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine, on Sept. 11, 2003; brother, William Hickey; brothers-in-law, John Conroy and Edward Conroy; and sisters-in-law, Marie Long and Margaret Kopp.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 6:30 p.m., today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford. Visitation also will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday and the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Rockford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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