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John Wayne Hickenbottom

John Wayne “Jack” Hickenbottom, age 80, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022, in his home at Hodgens, Oklahoma. He was born September 26, 1941, in News Comers Town, Ohio, to Roy Hickenbottom and Leoda Clark Hickenbottom.

Jack was a truck driver by profession and truly enjoyed his job. It is believed that he had “diesel in his blood.”  He served his country in both the United States Army and Navy with the Navy being his favorite. Jack had a passion for old cars and vehicles, and he enjoyed gold mining. Jack loved to eat and enjoyed visiting and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was good at arguing about politics with anyone who would participate. One of his favorite TV programs was Arnold Murray, tele-evangelist. Above all, Jack loved the Lord and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Hickenbottom; son, David Hickenbottom and wife; adopted son, Clayburn and wife Cathy Pickens; daughters, Deidra Hickenbottom, Cora (Cookie) Shrouder, Censi Childs and husband Matthew Trammell; grandchildren, James Pickens, Steve Hickenbottom, Amy Hickenbottom, Matthew Gurnick, Michael Gurnick, Sydney Arnold, Cody Arnold, Kirsten Pittsinger, Charles Pittsinger; adopted grandchildren, Harley Becker, Desiree Becker, and Kevin Morondy; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Mike Hickenbottom; special dog, Jill and a host of other friends and family.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Leoda Clark Hickenbottom; brothers, Bud Hickenbottom, Gene Hickenbottom, Allen Hickenbottom, and Dean Hickenbottom; mother-in-law, Pat Boag; father-in-law, Jim Boag.

Mr. Hickenbottom will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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