Ersal “Gene” Hickerson Jr., 58, died April 21 at his John Day home, with his family by his side. At his request, no services will be held. A family gathering in his honor will be held at a later date.
Mr. Hickerson was born Aug. 6, 1956, in Prairie City, to Ersal “Roy” and Norma Hickerson. His early years were spent at the family home in Mt. Vernon, until they moved to John Day. He graduated from Grant Union High School in 1974. After graduation he began working in local sawmills: Edward Hines Lumber Company, John Day Lumber and Grant Western Lumber Company.
He had many interests and was an avid reader from a very young age. He also had a great love of music, and often entertained his family with his beautiful voice. He had a strong interest in photography, was a dedicated fisherman, and often said his best days were spent fishing with friends and family. He enjoyed time spent with his sisters, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.
Survivors include his sisters, Gayle (Bill) Fields of Canyon City and Linda (Jerry Wayne) Pettyjohn of Seneca; special cousin, Carolyn (Roger) North of Boise, Idaho; nieces, Melinda Hammond and Jennifer Lindley; and nephews Ryan Pettyjohn and Mathew Fields.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and nephew L.J. Pettyjohn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice or the Grant County Library through Driskill Memorial Chapel 241 S. Canyon Blvd. John Day, OR 97845.