In Loving Memory

Dr. Donald E. Hicks

Dr. Donald Eugene Hicks, 61, of Sedalia, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

He was born on June 13, 1955, in Atlanta, GA, son of Robert Franklin Hicks and Mary Ellen (Rushing) Hicks.

Don graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1982 and practiced dentistry in Sedalia for over 30 years. He loved his patients dearly and that love was returned, cultivating many lasting friendships.

On June 23, 2014, Don was united in marriage to Cheryl Homan, in Coralville, IA.

Don was a devoted father, husband and son. He loved his family fiercely. He taught his daughters to water ski, snow ski, change tires and shoot. He loved to ride motorcycles, was determined to have the biggest and fastest Road King and was an active member of the Sedalia H.O.G. Chapter. Don enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, gardening, boating and camping. He had a heart for animals, especially his five dogs and several horses. Don will be remembered as compassionate and generous. Don never met a stranger.

Surviving are his wife, Cheryl Hicks, of the home; four children, Elizabeth Alford (Christopher), of Whitewater, WI, Kristina Drukker (John), of Holt, MO, Stephanie Remington, of St. John, Virgin Islands, and Christopher Homan (Diana), of Sedalia; his mother, Mary Hicks, of Kansas City, MO; ten grandchildren, Caitlin, Jackson, Drake, Keely, Cole, Chanceler, Mia, Caydance, Adrian and Christopher; four siblings, Sandra Temple, of Kansas City, MO, Michael Hicks, of Lake of the Ozarks, Kenneth Hicks, of Denver, CO, and Sharon Hicks, of Kansas City, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A Celebration of Life will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, with the Rev. Jim Downing officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the church.

Honorary bearers will be Randy Martin, John Holcomb, Joe Bushyager and Joey Foschia.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs or Hunt of a Lifetime, in care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Kenda Bremer :

    He will really be missed!! A great guy. He was my dentist when I lived in the area. It says something when you aren’t worried about going to the dentist!! My sincere sympathy to all of his family and God’s peace for you all.

  2. Jamie Daniel :

    Cheryl, Don was a great man and true friend. Kevin and I are so sorry for your loss. May peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time.
    Jamie and Kevin Daniel

  3. Allen Young :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  4. Praying for you Cheryl

  5. Kelly Wertz-black :

    My heart hurts for this family, so sorry for your loss. Dr. Hicks was a very special person not only to me but my kids as well they thought so much of him. Love always, Kelly, Charlie and Brooklyn Black

  6. Sandy Whitehead :

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for Christ’s peace through this difficult time.
    Sandy and Murray

  7. Teresa Vannoy Birch :

    My condolences to Dr. Hicks family. He was a kind dentist.

  8. So sorry for your loss, Dr. Hicks was a great guy and will be missed. You’re family is in our prayers!

  9. Erin Collins Purchase :

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy.

  10. Steven Eldenburg :

    He will be missed! Sorry for your loss!

  11. Judy Maggard :

    I am so sad to hear this. He was a great person and a great dentist. I’ll never forget how kind he was to my aging parents.

  12. The Sponcler family :

    So very sorry to hear this!!! My thoughts are with you girls!

  13. Julie Hardy :

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will remember his kindness and wonderful sense of humor. Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers!
    Julie, Jacob, & Noah Hardy

  14. Sally Stevens :

    Cheryl and family. I never knew such a loving person. You are in my heart as you go through this sad time. He will be missed by so many.

  15. Eric,Marisa,Morgan and Keaton Mateja :

    Cheryl we are praying for you. Our hearts go out to you. He was a kind and wonderful person.

  16. Wendy and Mike Bannon :

    I had the pleasure to work for such a wonderful caring man. He always thanked his employees for their contributions to the practice. Dr. Hicks you will be greatly missed. RIP.

  17. Karl & Manuela Zetmeir :

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  18. Frank & Susan Rouchka :

    Our hearts go out to you and your family as you grieve. May you feel the love and support of friends and family, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit during the times you need it most.

  19. Dennis and Pat Kreisler :

    Our deepest sympathy. Don was a wonderful guy.

  20. Todd & Karen Cote' :

    Don never met a stranger…how beautifully stated. He touched our hearts and has left an eternal imprint. We can only wonder at the impact his passing has on those closest to him. We pray strength for the family and convey our deepest and most sincere condolences. Don, rest in peace. Although painful, this moment fades for Christians who live and breathe the hope of meeting again beyond time in the arms of our Lord. Heartfelt blessings to you all.

  21. Becky McGinnis :

    So sorry for your loss.

  22. Stephanie (Eldenburg) Bollinger :

    Dr. Hicks will be very missed I know he and his family hold a special place in my families heart as an amazing person as well as dentist! When I was little I will never forget how much fun I had going into the office and laughing at Dr.Hicks spraying the other office workers with his dental tools 😂 Many well wished and prayer for his family and friends missing him!

  23. Shelley Miller :

    So sorry to hear this news. He was such a great man. May your fond memories bring you comfort.

  24. Christine Ellis - Neosho, MO :

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Dr. Hicks was one of the greatest dentists of all time. I adored him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  25. Bill and Donna Points :

    Sending prayers for the family. He will be dearly missed.

  26. Meghan Zeller :

    He was an awesome man and dentist.

  27. So sad to hear of the passing of such a compassionate caregiver. He served not only me and my children with exceptional expertise for decades, but a good portion of Sedalia area residents. I am so thankful to him for inspiring my son to follow in his footsteps. So proud to have known him and to have been his patient. Thank you Dr. Hicks!

  28. James and Mary Dent :

    Best dentist ever!!! Loved going there and talking to him and Cheryl!!! You will be missed dearly. Sending prayers to the family

  29. Jacalyn (Bay) and Cale Epperson :

    Liz and Kristina,

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I have so many wonderful high school memories with your family and as a patient of your dad’s since I was little. His was a generous and caring life well lived. I know he will be greatly missed by many.

  30. Kimberly Chaney Alexander :

    So sorry for your loss

  31. Anna (Brown) Olander :

    I will always remember Dr Hicks smiling at me in the dentist chair. He would so many questions and would somehow understand the answers even though my mouth was open! He was an amazing dad and was at every swim meet. You are love and will be missed!

  32. Phyllis Gunderson :

    I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. Galen and I will hold you and your family in prayer

  33. Frank Schmidt, DDS :

    We will miss you , Don. Fond memories of our days in Dentistry School in Kansas City. My sympathy to your family. Sincerely , Frank Schmidt, DDS, Branson, Missouri

  34. Vicki Brigman - St. John :

    May you be surrounded by the best of memories that will always unite you with your loved one. Blessings to all of the family and friends. ☮️❤️🌀

  35. John and Jeanne Arnest :

    Cheryl and family, we are so sorry for your loss. If there’s ever anything that we can do to help you please don’t hesitate to call us.

  36. Anita(Guin) Brotherton :

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Cheryl, and all of the family. We are so sorry, and will be upholding you in our prayers.❤Your cousin, Anita (Guin) Brotherton

  37. Eric Wilson :

    Rest in peace my old ally and friend.

  38. Deborah Bredehoeft :

    Rest In Peace, and comfort to the family. The Bredehoeft family.

  39. Dear Cheryl,
    Just got the news this morning about Don. I am so sorry! I know what a shock this has been to you. We are praying for you and your family. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Will be gone for a week but will keep you in prayers on June 14.

    Love, Marsha (Guin) and Rob Bird

  40. Ashley (Henderson) Sleeper :

    I’m so saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Hicks. I always enjoyed going in for my yearly check ups with him. He was a wonderful and kind man. My sincere condolences.

  41. Mike and Jeanie Swain :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Dr. Hicks was a wonderful person with a heart of gold. He always had something funny to say and would challenge anyone to a good race on the highway!! Mike and I were blessed to have known him and had him for our dentist for so many years. Prayers for the family.

  42. Karen Gerke :

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great friend and dentist. I always appreciated when he asked about the kids and the tree that he sent for Andy when he passed. He will be greatly missed.

  43. Tricia Grossenburg :

    My heart breaks for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. Don and Roxy Viebrock :

    Our deepest love and sympathy to the Hicks family,Don was our dentist for many years and a person we considered a friend. We will always remember him as a loving , funny and caring man who made our trips to his office something we looked forward to. He will be truly missed, God’s peace to Cheryl, his girls and their families. Don and Roxy Viebrock

  45. Rosemary Birdsong :

    Condolances to his beautiful girls and Lori and all that he touch in life. My Dentist for 35 yrs

  46. Tony and Shirley Sahlfeld :

    He was one great guy who will be sorely missed.
    So glad we had the oppotunity to know him and to ride with him.
    I’ll bet he’s riding the biggest baddest fastest Road King in heaven.

  47. Rosie Bowers :

    Many hugs . He was the best. My Dentist 35 yrs. Condolanances andcprayersxat this difficult time.

  48. Rosie Bowers :

    Kristina, Ekizabeth, and Lori so sorry for your suddennloss .The best Dentist wit the best sense ih humor many prnks andvlaugh including one on my Mom.

  49. Thad and Kristy Henderson and Family :

    He was a wonderful, funny man. So kind and thoughtful and always made you want to go back and see him again. So sorry for your loss.

  50. Steve and Kathy Emory :

    Dearest Cheryl and Family: We are so sorry for the loss of our dear Dr. Hicks. A better person God has not made. Dr. Don was so kind to everyone he met and such a life line for Steve. The two of them were Nascar rivals, with Dr. Don loving Jr. and Steve following Carl Edwards. Much bantering would always arise when Steve and Dr. Don saw each other. Dr. Don truly loved his patients and we all will continue to love him. Steve says to say to Don: God speed, my friend. Cheryl, we love you, too and thank God that Dr. Don had someone in his life as loving as you. May God continue to hold you in His arms. With much love and continued prayers.

  51. Amy (Alsopiedy) and Michael Ward :

    Elizabeth, Kristina and families–

    We are so sorry to hear of the death of your father. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  52. Natalie Nevius :

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  53. Jen and Jordan Daily :

    Praying for you Aunt Cheryl and your family! We are so sorry for your loss. Love you dearly.

  54. When you find yourself looking forward to seeing the dentist, that’s saying a lot! Great employees, too. There’ll never be another Don. I will miss him! Prayers to Cheryl and the girls.

  55. Paul and Tommie Loges :

    So sorry Cheryl. Words can’t express how our hearts are breaking for you and all the family at this loss. There are those that are so special that have a rare quality to impact so many lives beyond what they realize, Don was one of them. I thank God for providing the opportunity to our family to know him. Thank you and the family for sharing him with his patients. Continued prayers through the days ahead.

  56. Nevin Almquist :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The world has lost good man,but his strong memories will continue on. You are part of his legacy and our heart felt sympathies are for you all. Nevin , Jean ,& Denise Almquist

  57. Angel Clark Lollar :

    Much peace to the Hicks family right now! May you all feel God’s peace upon you! Love your childhood friend and neighbor! Angel Clark Lollar

  58. Joan, Gale, G.L. and Joanie O'Dell :

    Sorry for your loss. Joan and kids thought a lot of Don. I remember Joan taking a long time in dentist office. Come to find out they were talking about old times

  59. Cheryl & family so sorry for your loss we loved him and you dearly we will miss him Ken & Jan Clemons

  60. Sylvia&Bob Knapp :

    We thought of Don as a friend & dentist.Sorry for your loss.

  61. Lisa Schoen :

    We thought the world of Dr. Hicks, our dentist for 30 years. We always looked forward to our visits, he was especially good to Alyssa, and she adored him. Our deepest sympathy to Cheryl, Elizabeth, Kristina, and families. He was a special person. We will remember his smile and sense of humor fondly. We are so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Lisa, Aaron, and Alyssa Schoen.

  62. Linda Kimbrel, Joplin, MO :

    He was my dentist many years ago,,,,but have never forgotten how he cared for his patients. I always thought he reminded me of the singer, Allan Jackson. Can`t say enough about his ability to take care of his patients, and make you feel at ease.

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