HICKMAN, Virgil Allan, 97, of Wheeling passed away Wednesday March 26, 2014, in Peterson Rehabilitation & Geriatric Center, Wheeling.
He was born January 9, 1917, in Wheeling, the son of the late George L & Marjorie Mae Adams Hickman.
He was a retired Conveyor Unloader for Wheeling- Pittsburgh Steel, Martins Ferry Plant, a member of First Church of God, Garvins Lane, & a PFC U.S. Army Veteran of WWII where he received the American Defense Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, received seven Bronze Stars for Battles and a Silver Star for Bravery and he served in five Infantries and was a Marksman Rifleman. He was second wave at Normandy Beach, served in the Battle of the Bulge and served in the Aleutian Islands. Virgil was a member of the Kain Club, Cave Club and the Wheeling Eagles 344.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Martha Rose Baker Hickman, a daughter, Martha Jean Fortney, a son-in-law, Ralph Fortney, four brothers, Harry, Ralph, Robert and Charles, two sisters, Georgia and Virginia.
Surviving are his son Richard Hickman and his wife, Donna of Wheeling; a sister, Helen Mae Cunningham and her husband, Howard of Martins Ferry, Ohio; a granddaughter, Mary White and her husband Bill of Wheeling; a step-grandson, C.J. Wiselka of Dallas Pike; a great- granddaughter, Alysha Tagg and her husband, Chris of Arkansas; and a great-grandson, Billy White of Wheeling.
Friends will be received on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 3545 Jacob Street, South Wheeling, where services will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev Dr. Douglas Liston officiating.
Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with full Military Honors from the Moundsville Honor Guard. The family would like to give special thanks to all the nurses and staff at Peterson Rehabilitation & Geriatric Center.
Personal condolences may be made to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.