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Lawrence Edwin Hicks, 89, of Sunnyside died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in Sunnyside.

He was born April 5, 1922 in Pasco, the son of Callie T. and Elizabeth Mae (Kinney) Hicks.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.

On Jan. 6, 1945 he married Ruby (Bette) Luth in San Jose, Calif.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby (Bette) E. Hicks of Sunnyside; his children, April Flansburg and Robert Hicks, both of Sunnyside and Merrylee Celius; daughter-in-law, Susan Hicks; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Violet Whitney and Nellie Voss, both of Warden, Mickey Hancock of Prosser and Jenny Underwood of West Richland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Callie T. and Elizabeth (Mae) Hicks; one son, Theodore (Ted) Hicks; three sisters, Betty Browning, Ellen Withers and Pearl Farnworth.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, from noon to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Private family interment will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at noon at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m. at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church.

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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