The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


February 20, 2013

Clarence R. Hicks

OAKWOOD — Clarence R. Hicks, 71, of Oakwood, passed away at 2:42 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

He was born May 29, 1941, in Mahomet, to Harley and Ruth Spencer Hicks. In 1967, he first married Judy Zsarnay, who preceded him in death in 1979. He later married Yvonne S. Tyler on Sept. 22, 1984, in Reddick. She preceded him in death on Jan. 29, 2011.

He is survived by a son, Russell (Stacey) Hicks of Clinton; three brothers, Keith (Linda) Hicks of Arizona, Harley (Jayne) Hicks Jr. of Decatur and Lyle (Nyla) Hicks of Danville; two sisters, Olive Alderson of Danville and Edith Johnson of Rankin; two granddaughters, Kathryn and Sarah Hicks; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Randy Hicks.

Clarence was proud to have served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. During this time, he volunteered for two tours of duty and continued on in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was a member of the VFW Gung Ho Post 6750 in Rantoul where he served as commander from 1994-1996. Clarence worked at Quaker Oats in Danville until his retirement after 25 years and enjoyed traveling.

A service to celebrate the life of Clarence Hicks will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors will be held. The Rev. Kim Dancey will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service on Friday, also at Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Please join Clarence’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his Tribute Wall at

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