It is with sadness in their hearts that the family of Donald Hickman announces his passing, and entrance into eternal life on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was a devoted, caring, and dedicated family man and will be deeply missed by his loved ones. He was born in Dravosburg on December 4, 1930 to the late Adam and Myra Leadbeater Hickman. Donald will be greatly missed by his loving wife, of 67 wonderful years, Mary Lou; children, Daniel Hickman, Patty (Gerald) Tedesco, Karen (Bryan) Snodgrass; grandchildren, Gerald (Kristen) Tedesco Jr., Jonathan (Robyn) Tedesco, Jamie (William) Dugas, Kylie Snodgrass, Alyssa Snodgrass, Jacob Snodgrass; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Tristan, Marisa, Dominic and Isabella, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, Donald was preceded in death by 6 brothers and 1 sister. Donald was a lifelong resident of Dravosburg, and a graduate of McKeesport High School. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict, was retired from US Steel Research Lab in Monroeville in 1984, and owned and operated the distributorship for the McKeesport Daily News and Pittsburgh Press in Dravosburg for 40 years. Don was a devout Christian his entire life, leading many people to understand God’s love for them. He was an accomplished baseball pitcher for McKeesport High School, many local sandlot teams, and Mitchell Air Force Base. In 1953, he was offered to try-out for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The family is especially grateful for the exceptional kindness, concern and care from all of his caregivers, especially Caitlin Sostaric and Alexa Paranzino, his primary caregivers. Visitation will take place Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1 – 8 pm at I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th Street, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A memorial service will take place on Monday April 23, 2018 at Amity Presbyterian Church in Dravosburg at 11:00 am followed by interment at Richland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Catholic Hospice at catholichospicepgh.org. Online condolences may be offered at wwwfinneyfuneralhome.com
Originally published April 19, 2018.