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Albert Lester Hickman
(February 10, 1926 - February 3, 2013)

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Albert Lester Hickman

Albert Lester “Al” Hickman, age 86, longtime Pasco resident, died Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, WA. Albert Hickman was born on February 10, 1926 in Walla Walla, WA to Bert and Mary (Sutin) Hickman. At an early age, Al began working on the family farm growing watermelons. Gardening was a joy to him and he continued to maintain a beautiful, prolific garden each summer throughout his life! Al attended Yakima Valley Academy and went on to attend Walla Walla College where he met Patricia Ann “Pat” Hickman whom he married on July 8, 1951 in Toppenish, WA. Following their marriage they made their home in Tacoma, WA while Al completed his service in the United States Army. Al received his honorable discharge in December of 1952 and Al and Pat made their home in Walla Walla, WA, Medford, OR, the Yakima Valley and later Seattle. In 1959, they moved to Pasco, WA where they owned and operated Hawthorne House in Kennewick, WA and in 1965 built, owned and operated Heather House in Richland, WA. Al became very involved with education and the training of youth while serving as Board Chairman for Tri-City Junior Academy (TCJA) for over 20 years. In 1978, Al and Pat were two of the founders of Cypress Gardens School, later to become Country Haven Academy, in Pasco, WA. Al was a founding member and elder of the Country Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church and was active on the Church Board. Following Pat’s death in 1995, Al was introduced by a mutual friend to a very special lady and was married, surrounded by family and friends, to Millie Kurtz on Father’s Day, June 16, 1996 at his home in Pasco, WA. Millie and Al were definitely team players. Millie is an educator and Food Systems Consultant and Al was very supportive and involved in her career activities---this was evident in their evaluation tour of the SDA boarding academies throughout the U.S. and Canada in 1997/98 as requested by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Al assisted with the evaluation of the physical layout of the kitchen facilities, drawing plans and recommending improvements. He also provided the transportation from site to site—covering 20,000 miles over a span of 9 months. In addition, Al also assisted with the Community Education adult cooking classes that Millie taught in the Kennewick School District for several years. Millie, in turn, was heavily involved in the functions of Country Haven Academy, serving as instructor in nutrition, food science, health and Bible classes, and serving on the school board in an advisory capacity. Al is survived by his wife Millie (Kurtz) Hickman of Pasco, WA; two daughters, Sherri Jo (Ed) Gerking of Auburn, CA; Mitzi M. Lundberg of Richland, WA; one son, Albert M. “Bud” (Lisa) Hickman of Pasco, WA; Richard (Katrina) Kurtz of Walla Walla, WA; Kathie (Mark) Heydt of Chattanooga, TN; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pat, and sister, Iris Schuler. Services will be as follows: ? Viewing - Thursday, February 14th 12-8pm at Smith's Funeral Home, 528 S. 8th Street, Sunnyside, WA ? Graveside Service - Friday, February 15th 1:30pm at Riverview Heights Cemetery, 1200 S. Olympia Street, Kennewick, WA ? Celebration of Life - Saturday, February 16th 3:00pm at Riverview Seventh-day Adventist Church, 605 N. Road 36, Pasco, WA Those wishing to honor Al’s memory may contribute to: BanglaHope Orphanage PO Box 6853, Kennewick, WA 99336 and Gospel Outreach PO Box 8, College Place, WA 99324. You may sign Al’s online memorial book at


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