NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Rodney Keith Hickenbottom, 95, of Newcomerstown passed away Tuesday (August 1, 2017) at Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Friday, June 30, 1922 in Somerton, Ohio, to David Watson Hickenbottom and Matilda Jane "Wells" Hickenbottom. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, in Company D 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division as squad leader of a light machine gun crew in the European Theater in Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. He was awarded four Bronze Stars for valor, one with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a farmer and retired calendar operator at General Tire and Rubber Co. He was a member of the Church of Christ of Newcomerstown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Lou 'Castello' Hickenbottom, who passed away Dec. 29, 2003.

He is survived by his daughters, Linda (Jim) Moner and Brenda (Bernie) Ames; five grandchildren Misty (Lawrence) Prysi, Jamie (Doug) Davis, Corey (Kelly) Moner, Heather (Chad) Guess, Cody (Cayla) Ames; 11 great-grandchildren, Ali Davis, Lexi Davis, Tyler Davis, Tanner Davis, Makenzie Moner, Marlie Moner, Gavin Prysi, Ryker Prysi, Cohen Ames, Cambrie Ames, Atley Guess.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Joe, James, Rossi, Otis, Lake, Olie and Frank Hickenbottom; and two sisters, Mary Hannahs and Tillie Tuttle.

Services will be held at Addy Funeral Home Friday Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. with Charles Newell and Minister Chris Haguewood officiating. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Addy Funeral Home one hour prior to the service. Graveside military honors will be conducted by the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Ave., New Philadelphia OH 44663. Online condolences may be made at www.addyfuneralhome.com.