OLYMPIA — Larry Hickey, a great husband of 57 years; a beloved father, grand- and great-grandfather, passed away on April 25, 2017, in Olympia, Washington of complications from pneumonia. He is survived by wife, Annemarie; sons, Christian and Matt; grandchildren Stephanie (Josh), Matt (Emiily), Emily and Scott; and great-granddaughter Mayme.
Larry was born in Portland, Oregon on Aug. 23, 1932, the son of Jennie and Ed Hickey who worked in the seafood industry in Ocean Park. Ed also built several houses in Ocean Park with Larry assisting. His parents began visiting Ocean Park when Larry was a toddler, later moving to the Peninsula where Larry attended Ocean Park grade school and Ilwaco High School.
Larry served in the United States Air Force from August 1951 through August 1955, stationed in Mississippi and Alaska. Returning to Portland, he attended Portland State College. He met the love of his life, Annemarie, at “Canadian Weekend” at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood and they married a year later in West Vancouver, Canada.
Larry was a “foodie,” who made lifelong friends during his almost 40 years in the food service industry, retiring in 1998. His employment moved the family up and down the west coast finally settling in Bellevue, Wash.
Larry and Annemarie shared a love of skiing, camping, mushrooming, motorcycling, clam digging (he dug his last limit one week prior to his death!) and exploring the Southwest. Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman of streams in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains.
Because Ocean Park was so special to their family, Larry and Annemarie built a second home here in 1974 and hosted garlic parties for many years. Their grand-daughter was married at Beard’s Hollow in 2015!
Larry will be remembered for his hearty laugh and making friends with everyone he met. His family, relatives and friends will sorely miss him. A celebration of his life will be held in Lacey Washington in September.