Ralph Shaw Hickson

January 09, 1923 ‒ August 27, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Ralph Shaw Hickson, 93, of Delaware, OH and formerly of Powell, OH, passed away Saturday morning, August 27, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, Maryland. He had been residing at the Maples of Towson, Maryland for the past year.

He was born January 9, 1923 in Columbus to the late John Jacob Hickson and Inez (Shaw) Hickson. A 1940 graduate of Willis High School, Ralph proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps. He worked as an electrician and assistant superintendent of buildings and grounds for Ohio Wesleyan University for 37 years.

Ralph enjoyed helping his family and woodworking. Over the years, he had made several pieces of furniture and numerous knickknacks.

Left to cherish his memory are daughters, Sandra Hickson Noll of Dublin and Brenda (Kenneth) Brady of Lutherville, Maryland; grandchildren, Michella Bowman, Kyle and Nathan Brady; sister, Eloise Taylor of Euclid; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Nellie Alice (Stewart) Hickson.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William Street, Delaware. Private family graveside services will be held at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery.

Contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to Ohio Wesleyan University, Department of Buildings and Grounds.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Delaware is honored to serve the Hickson family.

To share a fond memory of Ralph or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I was heartbroken to hear Mr.. Ralph passed away. He was truly a joy to know here at The Maples of Towson. Ralph enjoyed many of the performers we had to offer as well Joel Osteen on Sundays. Ralph had a great routine each day starting with breakfast and then his daily paper. He always looked great and seemed a lot younger than his real age. He loved his room his family decorated so beautifully. It felt as near to home for him as possible. He mostly enjoyed his favorite chair and word search puzzles. We will truly miss Mr. Ralph.
    My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. May you find peace in knowing you Dad was a well like man and brought joy to everyone around him.

  • My deepest condolences to the Hickson family. May you find comfort in the beautiful words found at Revelation 21:3 & 4, where God promises us that He will soon eliminate all pain, suffering and death. While we wait for this promise to be fulfilled, may the fond memories of Ralph comfort you and ease your pain.

  • We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, Brenda. He sounds like he was a vibrant man, and we know that you will miss him very much. Take care of yourself.

    You’re in our thoughts –
    Annie, Jim, Sabina, and Sophie Smith

  • Loved ones are never truly lost as long as their memory lies within us. Hold him close.

  • Brenda and family,
    I will be thinking of you during this difficult time. May God grant him blessed repose and eternal memory.

    Take care,
    Cheri Hilgartner

  • Brenda, so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you at this time of grief.

  • He left happy and in good health, enjoying his friends, life, and puzzles in Towson — possibly happier than he had been in decades. He even was eating properly and gaining weight, for the first time in years! Whether it was over a TV show, work, art, school, politics, or life, he was always good for a lively conversation and inquisitive follow-up questions.

    Ralph S. Hickson — Grandpa — will be missed.

    Kyle R. and J’han D. Brady

  • Brenda and family,
    Thinking of you during this difficult time.
    May God grant him blessed repose and eternal memory.

    Cheri and the boys.

  • Brenda, we were saddened to hear about Ralph’s passing. It sounds like he had a very interesting life and I’m sorry I didn’t get to know him better. He was blessed in many ways. One of them, have a loving, and caring daughter like you.
    Margaret and I send our condolences.

  • Brenda and Family,
    So sorry to hear of yur dad’s passing. May he rest in peace with our risen Lord.

  • Brenda,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    May his soul rest in peace.
    We are thinking of you and your family and we are sending our prayers your way.

    -Maroun and Yolla-

  • Rest in peace uncle Ralph so thankful that the girls got to know u and aunt Nellie fly high give aunt Nellie a hug and kiss from us love Jodi ,Macie ,Marra ,myla, and lilee

  • I was saddened to learning of the passing of Ralph and my deepest condolence are extended to the Hickson family. May our memories of him serve to lessen our sense of loss. Ralph was a very dedicated and resourceful member of the Building and Grounds Department at Ohio Wesleyan. It was always a pleasure to work with Ralph on the projects he ably supervised. May he rest in peace.

  • To the family of Ralph:

    We are so sorry not to be able to attend the gathering for Ralph on Wednesday. We were really to leave the house and discovered that our car had chosen this moment to go dead – a battery problem. We remember remember Ralph at OWU over the years that we Wendell was working there, and our children who worked during the summers came to know him too.

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Wendell and Rayna Patton