Rev. Fred C. Hickock of AristaCare at Hearthside, State College, died early morning Monday, Nov. 18, 2020. Born Feb. 18, 1928, in Hallstead, to Earl and Florence Coon Hickok. He was united in marriage to Marguerite E. Pedrone June 22, 1952. Marguerite preceded him in death April 11, 1998. Their union produced six children, two of whom preceded him in death: Rebekah Ann Hickok, May 31, 1960, and Philip W. Hickok July 1, 2018. Fred married Louise Sims Oct. 14, 1998. She preceded him in death Feb. 16, 2018. In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters, Gertrude Summers, George Hickok, Richard Hickok, Nellie Wagstaff and Mary Jones, and a stepson, Mark Sims.
Surviving sons and daughters are: Rev. Fred E. Hickok (wife Darlene), Altoona, Dr. Stephen C. Hickok (wife Karen), Auburn, Alabama; Deborah E. Hickok, Opelika, Alabama; and Naomi B. McChesney (husband Ken), Wittensville, Kentucky; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The fourth of eight children, Fred is also survived by a sister, Jeanette St. Louis, Montrose, Pennsylvania, and a brother, Donald Hickok (wife Ruth), New Milford, Pennsylvania. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, June Hickok, Montrose, Pennsylvania, and two brothers-in-law, Wilson Wagstaff, Candor, New York, and Richard Jones, Monroe Township, Pennsylvania; two stepdaughters, Barbara Beben (husband Drew), Madisonburg, Pennsylvania, and Karen Williams, Killeen, Texas.
Fred grew up outside Franklin Forks in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Montrose High School in 1947. In 1952 he graduated from Lycoming College. He earned a master of divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1955.
In 1956, with recommendation by the Mulberry Street Methodist Church, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Rev. Hickok was ordained and became a member of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Church, now the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Hickok served the following parishes: Morris (1950-1953), Elysburg (1953-1957), Port Royal (1957-1959), Weatherly (1959-1960), Harveyville (1960-1966), Petersburg (1966-1968), Bedford Valley (1968-1974), Williamsport Third Street (1974-1978), Altoona Wesley-Asbury (1978-1980), Witmers (1980-1984), Burnham Yoked Parish (1984-1986) and Robertsdale (1987-1990).
During his ministry, Rev. Hickok was involved in the Conference Summer Church Camp Program and was the director of Patterson Grove Campmeeting. It was well known that Fred could not pass a stranded motorist, miss an opportunity to give a hitchhiker a ride or go out of his way to help someone in need. Fred and Marguerite were avid Scrabble players, campers and gardeners (canning much of their harvest). Fred learned carpentry skills from his father and, before entering the ministry, he was an electrician’s apprentice. He used both skills in helping others.
In 1990, Fred and Marguerite retired to Mann’s Choice, Pennsylvania. They enjoyed their grandchildren and were more involved at Patterson Grove Campmeeting. Fred served as a supply pastor for a few churches, then took a part-time position serving the Clearville Parish. He continued in this capacity until becoming the full-time caregiver for Marguerite. He also spent many hours ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign.
Arrangements are under the care of the Robert E. Peters Funeral Home, Huntingdon. At this time there will be no services because of the pandemic. Interment in Brookside Cemetery, Franklin Forks, will be private. His children are planning a memorial service sometime in the late spring or early summer.