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Virgil “Sonny” Hicks, 79

August 21, 2014

March 3, 1935 — Aug. 20, 2014
Virgil E. “Sonny” Hicks Jr., 79, of rural South Whitley, died at 7:52 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where he was admitted the previous Thursday.
He was born March 3, 1935, in Huntington, a son of Virgil K. and Laura Elizabeth (Shellenbarger) Hicks.
His formative years were spent on a farm in Washington Township. He graduated from Washington Center High School.
On Sept. 4, 1954, he was united in marriage to Janel R. Ott. They made their home in Washington Township until 1962, when they moved to their home in Cleveland Township.
A livestock and grain farmer, he served in the Huntington National Guard from 1955 until 1965.
His memberships include Columbia City Church of the Nazarene, 50 year member of Eel River Masonic Lodge, former chairman of the democratic party, former Whitley county councilman and former Washington Township volunteer fireman.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Janel; four children, Lora (Ray) Mata of Columbia City, Sue Southall of South Whitley, Thomas (Cindy) Hicks of Kendallville and Margaret (Todd) Fry of South Whitley; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Terry (Pam) Hicks of South Whitley.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Columbia City Church of the Nazarene, 506 North Main Street, with visitation after 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Preferred memorials are to Columbia City Church of the Nazarene.
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