That old bastard cancer finally got Dave Hicks. After an eight-year struggle, he died before his stricken family on June 27, 2016, at the Hospice House of Johnson County. There will be no funeral, but there will be an Irish wake sometime in the fall, the actual date to be announced.
Charles David Hicks was born May 16, 1953, in Trenton, Mo. When he was 4 years old his family moved to Des Moines, where David grew up, attending Hoover High School, from which he graduated in 1971. After one semester at Northwest Missouri State and one semester at Iowa State, he entered the undergraduate writing program at the University of Iowa, where he received a B.A. in English in 1977. Several years later he returned to the university where he obtained a master's degree in journalism. He taught graphic design and typography through the J-School for several years before obtaining a job as a graphic designer at ACT, where he spent the remainder of his professional career.
In a Twain and Hemingway class while pursuing his B.A., he met the love of his life, Jacque Roethler. Although they were not married until 1982, they were together from 1972 until Saturday. Also left to grieve for him are two sons, Dillon James Hicks and Colin Daniel Hicks.
He is further survived by brothers, Bob (Julie) Wheeler, Nyle (Sandee) Wheeler and Eddy Tabacco; and a sister, Edee Rusk (Dick); various in-laws; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Dave was a careful craftsman and besides the profession of graphic design, he was an accomplished carpenter. He was also a musician, playing the fiddle, flute and guitar. He combined these two in his avocation, making bamboo, wooden and plastic flutes. He also combined these two as a volunteer graphic designer for the Iowa Friends of Old Time Music, designing the posters and T-shirts for the Fiddler's Picnic for 20 years. He performed for many years with the band Stones in the Field. They released two CDs and he was at work on mixing another one at the time of his death. He was also a writer and self-published several children's books. He also dabbled in painting and produced several good watercolors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Iowa Friends of Old Time Music, c/o Dennis Roseman, 2611 E. Court St., Iowa City, IA 52245.
To share thoughts, memories or a condolence for Dave's family, please go to the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.