Asa Lee (Bud) Hicks, 91, of Martin, SD passed away March 6, 2018, at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin.
Bud was born June 29, 1926, to Asa and Julia Steele Hicks in a sod house northeast of Martin. As a young boy, he lived in the Patricia area as his parents operated the store and farmed. When his parents sold the Patricia store, they moved to Martin where they purchased a creamery. They eventually purchased the home place where Bud lived until his death. During his youth, he participated in 4-H and was involved with the family horse business providing bucking horses for area rodeos. He attended school in Bennett County and graduated from high school in 1945. He enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served on the front line combat zone during the Korean War. Bud served as a past Post #240 Commander, was Post Legionnaire of the Year in 1970, and District Legionnaire of the Year in 1972. He also served on the ASCS board and the school board. He enjoyed watching sports, rodeos, and western movies.
He married Lynna Cummings July 19, 1957, in Rapid City. To this union, three children were born: Lee, Leona, and Lyle. They lived on the home place farming and ranching their entire marriage. Lynna passed away February 4, 2000.
Survivors include his children: Lee, Martin, Leona (Hal) Oberlander, New Underwood, and Lyle (Doreen), Indianapolis, Ind. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Shawna (Ben) Hauser, Casper, Wyo.; Jeremy Hicks, Martin; Mandi Hicks, Sheridan, Wyo.; Melissa (Josh) Wiese, Oconto, Neb.; Tyler Oberlander, Hershey, Neb.; Keil Oberlander, Kapolei, Hawaii; Aaron (Megan Iverson) Oberlander, Sturgis; Justin Oberlander, New Underwood; and Sierra Oberlander, New Underwood. He has eight great-grandchildren: Meleah, Colton, Tatam, Lynae, Cheyenne, Asa Bella, Aiden, and Victor. He is also survived by sister-in-law’s Doris Hicks; Luella Hicks; Elsie Bostock and brother-in-law Dane Cummings as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Julia; his wife, Lynna; his grandson, Justin; brothers John, Nathan, Dale, Neil, Leonard, and Melvin; sisters Edith, Amber, and Ethel; sister-in-law’s Connie Hicks, Janet Belle Hicks, Margaret Frost; brother-in-law’s Quincy Louden, Clarence Cummings, Melvin Cummings; mother-in-law Mary Belle Wallace; father-in-law Frank Cummings.
Visitation was held Sunday, March 11, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Bennett County Funeral Service in Martin. Memorial services were held Monday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the new American Legion in Martin. Interment with military honors was held at the Martin Community Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Bennett County Home Health Services and donations may be sent in care of Bennett County Funeral Service, P.O. Box 65, Martin, SD 57551.