The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


June 3, 2013

Ruth V. Hickman

HOOPESTON — Ruth V. Hickman, 92, of Hoopeston, passed away at 2:22 a.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Heritage Health Rehabilitation and Senior Living in Hoopeston.

She was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Danville, the daughter of Charles L. and Judith (Tornquist) Lewis.

She attended schools in Rileysberg, Ind., and then her family moved to Illinois and she attended Oaklawn, Cannon and Danville High School.

On Aug. 1, 1942, she married Donald L. Hickman, from Hoopeston, in Hannibal, Mo.

In Danville, Ruth worked at Sears Paper Box Company. In 1949, she and Don entered Lighthouse of International Foursquare Evangelism Bible College, where they graduated in 1953 as ordained ministers.

Their first church was pioneer work in Salisbury, N.C., for 10 years, taking the small beginning church into a beautiful church with a growing congregation. Next, they were assigned to Fairfield, Iowa, for 18 years, where the congregation grew. Although ready to retire, they accepted a pastorate in Petersburg, Ill., for five years and then retired to Hoopeston.

While in Los Angeles at the International Church of Foursquare Gospel, she was in charge of the mimeograph and the stockroom. In Salisbury, she was assistant manager of the credit office for Montgomery Ward & Co.

Ruth is survived by one brother, Charles “Red” (Dorothy) Lewis of Tilton. She also is survived by nieces Jean, Linda and Bonnie and their families, whom she adored, and one special niece, Rosalie Hickman.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; one infant brother, Johnny; and two sisters, Mable (Chalmers) Hoagland and Esther (Harry) Howie.

A visitation will be 10–11 a.m. Thursday,  June 6, at First Assembly of God, 428 N. Walnut St., Danville. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at First Assembly of God with Romona Logan officiating. Burial will be at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville.

Memorials may be made to the Danville Rescue Mission, 834 N. Bowman Ave., Danville, or the donor’s choice. Visit www. to view Charles’s online tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.

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