Ronald (Ron) Hickman of Gold Canyon, AZ, passed away on December 28, 2020 in Mesa, AZ.
Ron was born in Warren, MN, to Lester and Evelyn Hickman on July 14, 1950. He graduated from Warren High School and attended St. Cloud State University, where he majored in Accounting. His degree would take him to Estherville, IA, where he taught accounting at Iowa Lakes Community College. He opened his own CPA firm and later worked for Cycle Country in Milford, IA. He married the love of his life, Lesly, on May 31, 1996, and they shared four children: Kelty, Grant, Andrew, and Aaron. While living in Northwest Iowa, he enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on Big Spirit Lake, the place he always claimed to have the greatest sunsets in the world. He liked to spend time on his boat with Lesly and his children, which eventually he was able to do with his grandchildren as well. He never turned down the opportunity to pull someone on a tube or kneeboard, or to perform his famous sailor dive off the boat. He was truly the epitome of a family man, being the greatest husband, father, and grandfather to those who looked up to him. He spent the last portion of his working life in the Des Moines, IA, area prior to retiring in Gold Canyon, AZ, with Lesly. He was always quick to make friends with anyone he met and had a story (or song) for anything that he could recite on command. He loved exploring Arizona with Lesly through hiking and traveling around the country in their RV. His wisdom, stories, and humor will undoubtedly live on through his children and grandchildren. Most importantly, Ron was a man of great faith. He grew up in a Christian home and shared his faith with all those around him. He most recently was a member of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Evelyn Hickman, son Andrew, and sister JoAnn Menk.
Left to cherish in his memory are his wife Lesly, children Kelty (Brian) Rome of Forest Lake, MN; Grant (Christy) Hickman of West Des Moines, IA; Aaron (Caryse Brodersen) Hickman of Gold Canyon, AZ; grandsons Cael & Devin Rome and Everett & Dominic Hickman, granddaughter Isly Hickman, siblings Jerome (Janet) Hickman and Betti (Bill) Dowling, brother-in-law Ron Menk, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Due to gathering restrictions, a celebration of life service will be held on a later date.
Memorials may be sent to: Mountain View Funeral Home, Attn: Ron Hickman Memorial, 7900 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85207