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Funeral Information: TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Steve Hickle, VQ-3 & 2016 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductee

January 27, 1955 - October 11, 2021

Steve Leroy Hickle, retired RMCM, United States Navy, age 66, passed away on Sunday, October 10th, 2021. He was born on January 27, 1955 to Vincent Lee Hickle and Nonie Kim Hickle on the Navy Base Guam in Apra Harbor, Guam.

After finishing HS in San Francisco, California, Steve left for the Navy August 2nd, 1976. Steve excelled in the Navy and earned the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer within 18 years of his career. A difficult task for anyone in the Navy. His career led him all over the world and he flew in TACAMO aircraft (E6 Mercury which is a long-range air refuellable aircraft).

Upon retiring from the Navy, Steve began a long career with Nortel and Erickson as a Project Manager. He retired in 2017 and began a life of golf, traveling around the world, and riding Indians throughout Kansas with his wife. He loved to race dirtbikes at Jeeps Motorcross and was his favorite place to be on his free time.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vincent Lee Hickle and stepson, Brandon Anthony. Steve is survived by his wife of 22 years, Laurie Lee Hickle; children, Danielle, Wesley (Sabrina) and Bailee Hickle; stepchildren, Carmen (Jordan) Fibert, Audrey (Jake) Fibert and Anthony (Daisy) Salamonski; grandchildren, Jonah, Liam, Paige, Peyton, Ruby, and Noah; one sister, Leslie (Michael); and his beloved schnauzer, Rachel.

Steve had a heart of gold and would have given his last dime to a person in need. He was very loved and will be dearly missed.

A celebration of life service for Steven will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, October 20th at Resthaven Mortuary, 11800 W. Highway 54 Wichita KS 67209. Burial following service will be at New Basel Church & Cemetery with Navy Funeral Honors. The family has requested Steve's service to be livestreamed from Resthaven Mortuary & Resthaven Gardens of Memory Facebook page at


Please join American Legion Riders Post 4 (Post/ALR 4)

for the funeral service of Steve Hickle US Navy Veteran and Post/ALR 4 Member.

The funeral is at 10AM on Wednesday October 20 at Resthaven Mortuary. Flag line will be around 9:15 - 10AM or beginning of the service. Immediately following the chapel service there will be a brunch (location TBA) and all attendees are welcome to attend. After the brunch, Steve's ashes will be escorted on Laurie's motorcycle. She wants as many bikes as possible to join her for the 80 mile trip to New Basel Cemetery just South of Abilene, Ks. Laurie will lead the group and cars are welcome to follow the motorcycles. Laurie mentioned that Steve and Her rode on the last Kansas Legacy Run and had such a great time she knows this is what Steve would want. Please attend if possible and keep Steve, Laurie and the Hickle Family in your thoughts and prayers.

TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to Steve's family and friends during this time of the passing.


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