COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - Thomas L. Hickerson, age 72, passed away at home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, after a short illness. He was born in Brainerd, Minn., Jan. 31, 1938, of parents Lester and Kathleen (Bliss) Hickerson. He had one sibling, his sister, Joan Tomlinson, who passed away in April of this year in Florida.
Tom grew up in the lakes region near Brainerd. He attended Catholic and public schools here, followed by four years of military duty in the U.S. Air Force, 1958-1962.
In 1967 he married Dianne Klisch in St. Cloud, Minn., while working in his family-owned business, Hickerson & Sons, a men's outerwear manufacturing company. He and Dianne moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1968. His first job with the U.S. Forest Service was in timber management near Mount Hood, Ore. In 1980, Tom transferred to the Idaho Panhandle National Forest where he worked in timber management, followed by retirement in 1995.
Tom enjoyed singing with the Lake City Harmonizers for years. He loved music and had accrued a library of music with the big band era being his favorite. He and Dianne enjoyed working together on many creative projects: Building a home and developing a back yard featuring a creek and ponds. Tom was an engineer at heart.
Tom is survived by his wife, Dianne, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; sons, Keith (Ashley) and granddaughter, Grace, Boise, Idaho, Bruce (Kelley) and grandchildren Kayla and Ryan, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and cousins, nieces and nephews residing around the country.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Idaho or St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelters of Coeur d'Alene.