Eugene “Cy” B. Hickmann, 88, of Newton, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017, at home.
Cy was born on June 20, 1928, in Kiel, to the late Alvin and Minnie (Wallander) Hickmann.
He graduated from Kiel High School in 1945 at the age of 16.
At the age of 17 he joined the local union as an iron worker, retiring from Iron Workers Local 8 Milwaukee at the age of 62 in 1990.
On May 15, 1954, he married the love of his life Caroline Sprenger at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Osman.
Cy was an avid tractor owner, collector and a member of the Two Cylinder Club. Cy enjoyed riding his motorcycle until the age of 87. A favorite hobby of Cy’s was going to auctions on Saturdays to find treasures.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sharing his stories and wisdom, often referencing his “notebooks.” His legendary stories will be remembered and retold by all who had the pleasure to meet and know him.
In addition to his wife Caroline; he is survived by five children, Mary (Jim) Herr, Jean (Mike) Kuhfuss, Lori Johnson (special friend Doug Bender), Judy Kuhn (special friend Steve Konen) and Mark (Julie) Hickmann; one daughter-in-law Ruth Hickmann; 15 grandchildren, Erin (Seth) Maurer, Ann (Zeb) Hickmann, Erik Hickmann, Ryan Hickmann, David (Jaci) Hickmann, Benjamin Hickmann, Nicole (Joe) Neils, Tom (Ashley) Herr, Greg (Tera) Herr, Robbie (Kim) Herr, Sara (Dave) Smith, Mark (Angela) Kuhfuss, Gina (Kevin) Gutschow, Jesse (Jenna) Rumpff and Bryce Kuhn; 21 great-grandchildren, Caleb, Keira, Tavia, Haven, Arianna, Gabby, Caroline, Mason, Ava, Kaden, Aubrey, Kinslee, Kiley, Keegan, Matthew, Jackson, Ben, Nick, Madyson, Kaylee and Kami; two sisters, Laverne Hartlaub and Joan Brennan; and one sister-in-law Phyllis Hickmann. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son Gary; one granddaughter Karissa Kuhn; one sister Marion (Hilary) Wojta; two brothers, Norbert Hickmann and Ronald (Judy) Hickmann; and one brother-in-law Victor Hartlaub.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Cy will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church (8100 Brunner Rd., Newton) with the Rev. Dave Beaudry as celebrant. Friends may call on Tuesday, March 7, at Zimmer’s Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center (STH 42 and CTH JJ, Howards Grove) from 3 until 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Entombment will take place at Knollwood Mausoleum, Two Rivers.
“Think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched. For nothing loved is every lost, and he was loved so much.” (Unknown)