Jene E. Hicks April 24, 1927 – May 20, 2005
Jene E. Hicks, of Grand Junction died, May 20, 2005, at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 78. Jene was born April 24, 1927, in Grand Junction to Earnest E. and Maude B. (McGinley) Hicks. He spent his childhood in the Grand Junction area and graduated from Fruita Monument High School.Jene was a self-employed heavy equipment operator and was the former owner/operator of the Hidden Treasure Mine, located in the Bookcliffs area. He lived in Louisville and Carbondale before returning to Grand Junction.Jene served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS West Virginia and the USS Indiana. While in the Navy, Jene received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.He married Joyce Helen Israel, and they later divorced.Jene was an honest, hardworking man and a loving father who always believed in doing what was right. He had a wonderful sense of humor and touched many lives.He was a member of the Elks Lodge 575 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jene enjoyed elk hunting, fishing, baseball, camping and visiting with family and friends. He is survived by sons David (Connie) Hicks, of Glenwood Springs, and Jim (Tara) Hicks, of Grand Junction; three daughters, Nancy Manzanares and Pat Manzanares, both of Mesa, Ariz., and Sue Hicks, of Grand Junction; and 14 grandchildren.Jene was preceded in death by son Jay Thomas Hicks and sister Reva Violet.A rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fruita. A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fruita. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita.Memorial contributions can be made in Jene’s name to the Disabled American Veterans, 2121 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
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