Asa Lee (Bud) Hicks, 91, of Martin, S.D., passed away March 6, 2018, at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin.
Bud was born June 29, 1926, to Asa and Julia Steele Hicks in a sod house northeast of Martin. As a young boy, he lived in the Patricia area as his parents operated the store and farmed. When his parents sold the Patricia store, they moved to Martin where they purchased a creamery. They eventually purchased the home place where Bud lived until his death. During his youth, he participated in 4-H and was involved with the family horse business providing bucking horses for area rodeos. He attended schools in Bennett County and graduated from high school in 1945. He enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served on the front line combat zone during the Korean War. Bud served as a past Post #240 Commander, was Post Legionnaire of the Year in 1970, and District Legionnaire of the Year in 1972. He also served on the ASCS board and the school board. He enjoyed watching sports, rodeos, and western movies.
He married Lynna Cummings July 19, 1957, in Rapid City, SD. To this union, three children were born: Lee, Leona, and Lyle. They lived on the home place farming and ranching their entire marriage. Lynna passed away February 4, 2000.
Survivors include his children: Lee of Martin, Leona (Hal) Oberlander of New Underwood, and Lyle (Doreen) of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Shawna (Ben) Hauser of Casper, Wyoming; Jeremy Hicks of Martin; Mandi Hicks of Sheridan, Wyoming; Melissa (Josh) Wiese of Oconto, Nebraska; Tyler Oberlander of Hershey, Nebraska; Keil Oberlander of Kapolei, Hawaii; Aaron (Megan Iverson) Oberlander of Sturgis; Justin Oberlander of New Underwood; and Sierra Oberlander of New Underwood. He has eight great-grandchildren: Meleah, Colton, Tatam, Lynae, Cheyenne, Asa Bella, Aiden, and Victor. He is also survived by sister-in-law’s Doris Hicks; Luella Hicks; Elsie Bostock and brother-in-law Dane Cummings as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Julia; his wife, Lynna; his grandson, Justin; brothers John, Nathan, Dale, Neil, Leonard, and Melvin; sisters Edith, Amber, and Ethel; sister-in-law’s Connie Hicks, Janet Belle Hicks, Margaret Frost; brother-in-law’s Quincy Louden, Clarence Cummings, Melvin Cummings; mother-in-law Mary Belle Wallace; father-in-law Frank Cummings.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 11th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Bennett County Funeral Service in Martin. Memorial services will be held Monday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the new American Legion in Martin. Interment with military honors will be held at the Martin Community Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Bennett County Home Health Services and donations may be sent in care of Bennett County Funeral Service, P.O. Box 65, Martin, SD 57551.