Forrest V. Hicks, age 98, of Country Meadows, Wyomissing, formerly of Wernersville, died peacefully on December 14, 2021. He was the husband of Betty J. (Weinhold) Hicks who died in July, 2019, sharing 73 years of marriage. Forrest was born in Grill, PA on December 9, 1923, the son of the late Charles V. and Stella M. (Engle) Hicks.
He was a proud graduate of the 1942 class of Wernersville High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July of 1942, serving on the Sea Plane Tender Albemarle in the Atlantic and later served in the Pacific on the Air Craft Carrier USS Bennington. At the termination of the Pacific conflict, he was present at the signing of the armistice in Tokyo Harbor. Forrest was a member of St. John’s Hain’s Church, Wernersville and also a member of Williamson Lodge No. 307 F & A.M., Womelsdorf for over 50 years. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6668, Wernersville and Post 6558, Womelsdorf.
Forrest was employed by Hoover Motor Co. and Bob Fisher Chevrolet as a salesman and sales manager for over thirty years, retiring in 1988. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was predeceased by a brother Frank C. Hicks, sisters Mildred A. Wenrich and June E. Hoffa, and a daughter Kim M. (Hicks) Quinby.
He was survived by two children, a son, Donald Hicks, husband of Brita, Valencia, Pa and a daughter, Cindy Miller, wife of Daniel, Wernersville. There are three grandchildren: Derek Hicks, Beth Mazzagatti and Andrew Miller. He also had six great-grandchildren: Alaina Hicks, Aidan Hicks, Nicholas Mazzagatti, Vincent Mazzagatti, Peyton Miller and Mia Miller.
Funeral service will be held at Bean Funeral Home, 3825 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 4 PM. Reverend Dore Worhun will officiate. Relatives and friends will be received from 3 to 4 PM. The family request that masks be worn. Interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is private for family.
The family wishes to acknowledge the compassionate care displayed by the Country Meadows staff to all of their residents.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s Hain’s Church, 551 N. Church Road, Wernersville, Pa 19565, in his memory. Online condolences may be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com