Kenneth Eugene Hicks

June 11, 1945 - August 1, 2018

Kenneth  Eugene  Hicks


Genoa, IL

Kenneth Eugene Hicks of Genoa, IL and formerly of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully at his farm on August 1, 2018.  Ken was born June 11, 1945 in Sycamore, IL the son of Lyle and Wava (Smith) Hicks.  He lived on several farms in DeKalb and Boone County while growing up.  He attended country schools of Kishwaukee, Garden Prairie and Reeds Crossing; graduated from Belvidere High School in 1963 and Northern Illinois University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Economics.  Ken worked at gas stations and Green Giant while in school from 1960 through 1967.  He served our country in Cu Chi Vietnam from 1968 and 1969.  Returning from Vietnam he resumed work at Green Giant as a supervisor in frozen shipping and receiving until his retirement in 2005.  A slave to fashion, he would be seen in the middle of winter in shorts and tank shirts even in the freezer of Green Giant.  He would enjoy a 10 minute nap in the closet of his office and be refreshed for the rest of the day.  Kenneth went to work again after 6 months of retirement when he said this is enough.  He worked for Caledonia Township, plowing snow, mowing grass and laying cold patch.  He enjoyed it there so much.  Kenneth retired from the township in 2016.

Ken always said leave something better than you found it.  He could take a pile of rust and make it show room ready, he restored them all in the corn crib at the farm, sitting on a stool chipping away at old paint on cast iron and cleaning sheet metal to get it ready for new paint.  Ken had a strong compassion for preservation of farm land, history and machinery, especially Minneapolis Moline tractors and equipment.  He grew up watching area farmers using Minneapolis Moline equipment.  He had a special place in his heart for the 1936 John Deer A his grandfather bought new and farmed the land.

Kenneth enjoyed volunteering at Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum of Poplar Grove where he served as director; as well as being a member of Northern IL Tractor Club and Floyd County Museum in Charles City, Iowa.  He was a member of Minneapolis Moline Collector club, Boone County Historical Museum and Illinois Rail Museum.  He enjoyed watching Bears football, Bulls basketball and Cubs baseball, Old movies and Apple Pie.  Ken liked to strategize while playing cards with best friends, as well as going to steam and air shows.

Music was a big part of his life, enjoyed all kinds and especially Fiddle music.  He played co-ed Volley Ball at the YMCA, Ken was the oldest guy on the league, no one could return his serves.  He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of tractors and always let kids, big and small, climb on them, so our heritage lives on.

Kenneth married Sherry Page on October 20, 1979 at First United Methodist Church Chapel in Belvidere.

Ken is loved and will be missed by his wife, Sherry; children, Bryan, Tonia (Andy) Henning, Christine (John) Rittschof; grandchildren, Benjamin E. Hicks, Emma Page Rittschof; sister, Doris Charlesworth.  He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and sister Diane Hicks.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, Il.  Funeral services for Ken will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials can be given in care of Ken’s family.  To share a memory please visit

Service Schedule

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

Monday, August 6, 2018

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Funeral services for Ken will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

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So sorry for your loss, please God bless this wife and family..

Liz andCurt Ogden 2018-08-05T13:12:39

Linda and I cherish the times we have spent together with you and Ken. He was a good and best friend from the start back in 7th grade. He bore his illness with grace and courage. My great consolation is that he is now safely home and in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless you Sheri and thanks for all you did for him.

Glenn Smith 2018-08-05T09:27:20

So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Another tender, sweet, quiet giant has left us. Sherry, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Peace friend. Love and hugs.

Peggy & Bob Fry 2018-08-05T07:52:23

To Kenny’s family;

So sorry for your loss.

I knew Ken from working at Green Giant. He was always pleasant and had a ready smile.

Beverly Crowell 2018-08-04T14:45:19

Hugs, love and prayers for your family, Sherry. We are so sorry. ❤❤❤

Dawn & Bob Brunschon 2018-08-03T19:51:01

Sherry, sorry about Kenny. At peace now, but still hurts. Kind and helpful guy. He loved his family and his tractors, in that order. Prayers to you and family. Alan and Melody Schult

Melody 2018-08-03T10:05:37

I am so sorry for you and your family. I know how close you all are and it is just sad. He was such a rock for everyone around him. The world will miss him, it needs more people like him.

Hollie DeRose 2018-08-03T10:03:23

Rest in peace Ken. Through one room country schools. high school , and beyond always one of the nicest guys around.

Stephen & Pat Eickstead 2018-08-03T08:52:13

So very sorry for your loss! Enjoyed time spent visiting with him n you! He was a very sweet man and will be missed! Our deepest sympathies! Troy n Beth Geishert

Troy n Beth Geishert 2018-08-03T07:39:15

I am so very sorry to hear about Ken. I had no.idea. You have so many wonderful memories to cherish. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Malva Craft 2018-08-02T23:13:42


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