Clifford "Shorty" Hicks, age 95, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Entombment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and SD Army National Guard. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Monday, February 20, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.
Clifford Harold Hicks was born April 22, 1921 at Avon, SD to Harold and Dora (Johnson) Hicks. He attended school in Tyndall and Mitchell and graduated from Yankton High School in 1939. Clifford then joined the Yankton 147th National Guard Unit which was called into active duty in 1940. He served the next four years in Australia and various South Pacific islands during World War II and was discharged in 1945. Clifford joined the reorganized Yankton National Guard Unit in 1947 and was deployed to Alaska during the Korean Conflict. He remained with the Yankton Unit which was activated to Fort Riley, Kansas during the Berlin Crisis from 1961-1962. Clifford then retired from the military with the rank of Captain.
After returning from WWII, Clifford worked with his father at Hicks Electric in Yankton. He enrolled in Yankton College and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree. In 1963, he began his teaching career at Yankton High School where he taught Algebra until retiring in 1986. He often remarked how much he loved teaching and his students. Shorty had a lifelong love of baseball. His playing career included playing with the Yankton American Legion team, Yankton Merchants, Yankton Terrys, various area town teams, and the Fort Riley, Kansas team where he held the league batting title. After retiring from playing, Shorty went on to coach the Yankton Teeners and umpire throughout the area. He is one of the few persons to be inducted into the SD Baseball Hall of Fame as both a player and umpire.
In 1945, Clifford married Renae Quinnell in Yankton at the Methodist Church. They lived their entire married life in Yankton where they raised two children, Cheryl and Bob. He lived a full and active life, traveling extensively with his wife and at times with extended family and friends. Renae died in 1997 after a prolonged illness in which Clifford devoted himself to her care.
Clifford is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Mike) Lemon of Yankton; son, Bob Hicks of Arkansas City, KS; three grandchildren: Jake Evans, Amy (Alan) Brott and Tiffany Lemon; four step grandchildren: Brian (Danielle) Lemon, Scott Lemon, Melissa (Pete) Mistich and Marc (Rachel) Lemon; two great grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sally Goetz of Yankton; niece, Carrie Boe and many cousins.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Renae; and grandson, Michael Evans.
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So sorry to hear about Shorty, my deepest sorrow. Well Shorty just in time for spring training baseball 2017. I'm here in Az. 15 teams ready to begin there boyhood dreams. I will say a prayer and remember all those wonderful summer days and nights at Riverside playing baseball. Thanks for making the game better and dedicating your time for my enjoyment. I still think I was safe, ha ha Peace, Love and Joy
Cheryl and family: My sincere sympathy and prayers are with you at this time. May good memories help ease the pain of the loss of your Dad.
Hugging you my friend. BlessOn, CAtherine
Cheryl, our most sincere sympathy to you and your family; your Dad and Mom are such special people and though it is always hard to say goodbye I can just imagine,because of Christ your Mom and Dad saying Hello take good care and know of our thoughts and prayers. Love Pat and Steve
I was a member of the 196th RCT from Sept '48 to July '50 and served at summer camp with Shorty. When I read the death notice for Shorty, I kept thinking I know him. Then when I read the entire Obit on Shorty, it brought back some very fond memories of my youth and of the 196th and the city of Yankton. Now I am almost 86 years old and those memories warm my heart. I know Shorty loved baseball and teaching in the Yankton School District. I have enjoyed living in Denver since I retired from the USAF in '71 but think often of people from Yankton and especially of people such as Shorty.
So sad to hear of your passing. I will miss seeing you on the weekends at Fryn' Pan. You will be missed!
Shorty umpired a lot of my games when I pitched for Yankton College and for the Yankton Lakers. I may have disagreed with a call now and then----all of us pitchers are the same, we think they are all strikes-- but I never questioned Shorty's love of baseball. Eternal Rest.
My sympathy to you, Cheryl and Bob. My dad thought the world of your dad and I know our parents enjoyed many good visits and us three cousins have some wonderful memories to look back on thanks to our parents. It was because of your dad that we moved to Lennox and Dad got into the Surge business. I don't know what direction my life would have taken if we had not made that move. I enjoyed the video so much and plan to watch it several more times. God bless his soul and may he and your mother enjoy eternal rest together.
Charlotte Johnson Hoverstadt
Cheryl and family and Bob, Our sympathy to all of you. I check the Yankton paper periodically to see if I know anyone I want to send a note to. Bernie and I spend winters in Texas to escape our northern MN winters. I'll always remember when I observed your Dad teaching math when I was preparing for my student teaching. I retired in 2004 from teaching math. Remember all the summer fun we had! Dad always said Clifford was like the brother he didn't have. May you remember the good times. Love and prayers.
Lila and Bernie
We offer our condolences to all of your family. You had many years of creating memories together, retelling the best stories.... It was great knowing your parents and spending time together.
Jane and Max Hawk
I'm another guy who stood on the mound in front of Shorty for many games from Teener thru Laker baseball, and never questioned his love of the game or the appreciation of great talent in our area. He and Spud encouraged everyone to be better. Great memories also of Bob pitching right handed, then switching and throwing more innings left handed. Great memories of fabulous people and community support....we hope you feel our prayers.
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