Bill Joseph Hickey, a life-long resident of Fairfax, Okla., passed away in Fairfax on Aug. 14, 2018. He was a member of the Osage and Loyal Shawnee tribes. He attended Fairfax schools and the New Hope Church. Bill started his life work by helping his dad weld in Phillips properties in the Burbank and Shidler area. Later, he worked in Baltimore and along the East Coast cutting down oil tanks.
Following an injury, he moved on to his life’s work of Native arts and crafts. Joining his aunt Snooky, Bill followed the powwow trail up and down the East Coast. He established a following with his leather work, unique items, and leather trimmed canes. He was known for his generosity in helping out dancers needing a quick repair, or if they were short on a giveaway.
Bill is the son of Jack Hickey Sr. and Cora Miles Hickey and was born in the Hamil Hospital in Fairfax, on March 24, 1963.
He is survived by his daughter, Denay Chee Hickey and her mother Cathy; his mother, Cora Hickey of the home; a brother, Jack Hickey Jr., and wife Chee of Sioux Falls, S.D. Uncle Frank Hickey, aunts Ellen Mae (Boyd) Thomison and Mary “Snooky” Bighorse Wiseman. Cousins, Boyd Thomison Jr., Charles Anthony Thomison, Vivian Hickey, Madelyn Beason, and Janet Franklin Emde. Numerous nieces and nephews, including special niece Sam Harding who called Uncle Bill her “Buddy” and she was his “partner”. Our family would like to recognize our friend, Joe Washington for his unwavering friendship and support.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Hickey, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Fred “Jug” and Irene Daugherty Miles and paternal grandparents, Frank Hickey Sr. and Mildred Hickey Pahmahmie.
Friends and loved ones paid their respects at the Grayhorse Chapel Aug. 15-16. Funeral Services were Aug. 17, with Everett Waller officiating. Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn read the obituary and Candice Rhodd provided a song at the morning service. Burial was in the Grayhorse Cemetery with Rock Pipestem singing a traditional tribal song. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hunsaker Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Pallbearers were Taos Barrone, Rock Pipestem, Jonathan Lunsford, and nephews Miles Kennett, Gage Price, and Seth Harding. Honorary Pallbearers included Jeff Lunsford, Preston Tonepahote, Jerry Shaw, Steve Fisher, and Ed Smith.
Dinner followed with Sam Harding giving the invocation, The Lord’s Prayer, in Osage.
Bill’s online guestbook may be signed at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com
I am so sorry to hear of the family's loss. I hope during this difficult time you find comfort in one another as well as in God's promises for the future. Revelation 21:4
Our hearts are heavy upon hearing of a friend's passing. Although we cannot be there to send you on your journey, we will be there in spirit with hugs, prayers, support and strength to those who hold him in their hearts. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.
Lorelei FoxKunkletown, PA
Heartfelt condolences to Jack,Cora and all of you that I met in 2014 when I had the honor to attend the Grayhorse Dances.Bill is at peace now.Thinking of all of you now and in the days to come!
mary jo jancharashland, OH
RIP my big Brother save my spot at the fire next to you
Ed SmithOneida, WI
Sending my heart felt condolences to you Cora and your extended family! God bless you..
Rachel DennisonFairfax, OK
My condolences Cora and family. Prayers
Thomas TallchiefPonca City, OK
Love you, Cora. Randy & I will see you tomorrow night.
Randy SmithSkiatook, OK
Sorry I can’t be there but you are all I my prayers and will always be my extended family. Bill will be greatly missed. I have my memories of our time together at DelGrosso Park over the years. Love you all.
Sandi HarrisHuntingdon, PA
Boyd ThomisonGuymon, OK