Gene M. Hickey Jr.

Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Juneau resident Gene M. Hickey Jr., 68, died Sept. 4, 2002, at his home.

He was born April 6, 1934 in Dunsmuir, Calif. He graduated from schools in Woodland, Calif., and then served active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-57 in Presque Isle, Maine. He served in the reserve from 1957-60.

After receiving several master's degrees, he went to Bangkok, Thailand, in 1965 as director of studies at the International School of Bangkok. Returning to California, he was counselor for Liberty High School in Antioch, before becoming guidance counselor and then vice principal of Yuba City High School. He was principal of Wilson High School from 1973-75. During summer breaks he was employed by Sutter County Sheriff's Department as a boat patrol deputy. In 1975 he assisted in opening Yuba Community College. He was recently inducted into the Educational Hall of Fame as "Most Inspirational Teacher" in Chico, Calif.

In 1978 he and his wife Judy moved to Alaska. He took the position of director of admissions and records and later became counseling supervisor and foreign student counselor at the University of Alaska Juneau, retiring in 1989.

He pursued his love of aviation as a bush pilot at the Tikchik Narrows Lodge during the summer of 1989. He worked as a commercial pilot for Channel Flying/Loken Aviation from 1983 to 1998.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Moose Lodge No. 700-Juneau, AOPA, Seaplanes Pilots Association, Parachuting Pioneers, Alaska Airmen Association, Association of California School Administrators, Pacific Northwest Association of Counselors and National Academic Advisors Association.

His family said he enjoyed fishing, moose hunting, boating, parachuting and most of all, flying in his various airplanes. They said he will be missed by his family, many friends, and his beloved dogs, Moose and Bandit.

He is survived by his wife Judy; children Susan Kauk (Ken); Gene Hickey III; Mike Hickey (Christine); stepchildren Julie Adams Oppenheimer (Randy); Tom Lopez (Susie); grandchildren Jason and Kevin Kauk; Nicole Hickey; Andy, Sam and Gabriel Hickey; Kristina Lopez; Matt Milliron (Stacey); and Peer Marie Oppenheimer.

Services were held at Mount Shasta Memorial Park where he was buried next to his grandfather, Sen. Henry McGuinness, and his father Gene Hickey Sr., in Mount Shasta, Calif., on Sept. 10.



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