Shirley Kallio said her father, Hugh Hicks, was the kind of man who was always willing to go out of his way to help others in need, especially his children.
“He was always the first to volunteer and the last to leave,” she said. “You knew you could count on him.”
Hugh Hicks, 84, of Portage and a lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana, died Dec. 19.
He was a retired tin line foreman at LTV in East Chicago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Hicks.
Hicks was an expert woodworker, and could make everything from large pieces of furniture to small-scale models of old-time cars.
He learned by following plans, but became able to create intricate wooden models of cars and trucks from pictures.
Kallio said her father taught himself to bake, and then he taught her. He was famous for his black walnut cake, his yeast breads and his donuts.
“People at church would fight over his black walnut cake at church dinners,” she said. “I make his breads and his cake, but they’re his recipes.”
Hicks had a soft heart and a great sense of humor.
“He was a rascal,” she said.
He loved family trips, and when the family went to Disneyland, he insisted they all ride the rides together as a family.
“He was right in there with us,” she said. “He was the biggest duck in the puddle.”