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Milton Charles “Milt” Hickman

Milton Charles “Milt” Hickman, age 93 of Buffalo, and formerly of Montrose, died peacefully Wednesday Dec. 8, 2004 at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born in Hampton, Iowa July 13, 1911 to William and Ida Hickman. They moved several times, ending up in Colgate, N.D., where Milt graduated from high school.

In 1942, Milt moved to Montrose and farmed briefly, before entering the Army.

He served in the infantry from 1942 through 1945 in the European Theater, where he was awarded two bronze stars. Milt continued to serve in the Army Reserve until 1967.

When the war ended, Milt returned to Montrose, where he met Clara “Birdie” Mohring. They were married in 1947.

Milt and Birdie farmed in Montrose until 1955, when they moved to their current residence in Rockford Township. Their marriage was blessed with four children: James, William, Michael, and Janet.

Besides raising a family, Milt and Birdie worked hard at raising crops and being dairy farmers. They developed a fine herd of Holstein cattle that won many awards at the Wright County Fairs and Minnesota State Fairs.

Despite the busy farm life, Milt and Birdie always found time to support their children’s activities. They didn’t miss a single Buffalo High School wrestling match during the1960s.

Milt was an active member of the Montrose United Methodist Church, a life member of Montrose VFW Post 1901 (many times commander), and a member of the Buffalo Legion Post 270. He served on the Board of Directors for Wright-Hennepin Electric for 18 years. He was an active member of the Minnesota Farmers Union, as well as being active in the DFL.

Upon retirement, Milt and Birdie traveled extensively to Army reunions and Wright-Hennepin conventions. They also enjoyed many trips to Hawaii for a break from Minnesota winters.

Throughout Milt’s long and active life, he made many lasting friendships. Milt received loving care at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo for the final two years of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Clara; a brother, Hale; a sister, Ila Young; sons: Jim (Joy), Bill (Debbie), and Mike (Sharon); daughter Jan (John) Kanduth; grandchildren Chuck (Deni), Beau, Stephanie, Blake, and Jana; and great-grandchildren Justin and Brenden.

Milt is further survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Clinton and Flora Mohring, Jo Anderson, and Alfie and Lucille Mohring; and many nieces, nephews, and good friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Ida Hickman; brother Eli Hickman; sister Mabel Stubson; and granddaughter Katie Hickman.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Montrose United Methodist Church with the Rev. Elizabeth Hadler officiating.

Jim Hickman, Bill Hickman, Mike Hickman, Chuck Hickman, Beau Hickman, and Blake Hickman served as pallbearers. Stephanie Hickman and Jana Hickman were honorary pallbearers.

Milt’s eulogy was read by John Kanduth. Music was provided by organist Jackie Vanderlinde, and vocalists were “The Schultz Sisters.”

Burial was at Kriedler Cemetery, with military rites provided by the Buffalo Legion and Montrose VFW.

Friends called at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo Friday, Dec. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service conducted by Pastor Goodman at 7 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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