BROOKSVILLE, FL — Gerald "Gary" Allen Hickman, 76 died Wednesday (January 17, 2018) at his home in Brooksville, FL.

He was born July 10, 1941 at Coshocton, a son to the late Walter and Helen (Booth) Hickman. He was a 1959 graduate of Newcomerstown High School. Gary received his Bachelors Degree in Education from Ohio University in 1964 and a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University in 1966. He taught in Grove City and served as principal in Newcomerstown, Ridgewood and Lakeland Harrison Hills school systems. Gary also worked for W. M. Brode Company, Groovefold and 31 Inc, and owned and operated the former Yummy House on Canal Street in Newcomerstown. He was once active in youth sports as a coach and official and was a member of the Newcomerstown Elks BPOE 1555.

Gary is survived by his wife Chris (Sweitzer) Hickman; one son, J. Whitney Hickman of Wichita, KS; stepdaughter, Vickie McCune of Port Washington; one brother, Donald Hickman of Vail, AZ; three nephews; step-grandchildren Curt (Kristi) McCune of Akron and Megan McCune; and step-great-granddaughter, Serenity, of Port Washington. A sister-in-law, Maria Hickman, is deceased.

In keeping with Gary's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Online condolences may be made at