WOOSTER — Robert “Bob” Hicks, age 69, of Wooster, died Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Majora Lane Nursing Home in Millersburg, following a period of declining health.
Bob was born on October 8, 1953, in Wooster, to Gerald Hicks and Marjorie (Moser) Robinson and graduated from Smithville High (WCJVS – Auto Mechanics) School in 1972.
His career in the automotive industry began with his father and his two brother’s, Dean and Gary, running Jerry’s Gulf Station on Old Route 30 from 1971 to 1980. He then ran L & B Services, the Phillips 66 Station on Pittsburgh Avenue in Wooster, with his partner, Larry Fuller. During this time he established his own auto repair shop, Bob’s Garage, in Wooster, which he operated to the present.
Bob was a member of the Eagles and Moose Clubs in Wooster. In his younger years he enjoyed racing at Dragway 42. He loved building and working on race cars, was an avid dirt track racing fan, and was a well know member of the racing community.
Surviving are his mother, Marjorie Robinson of Wooster; four children, Crystal (Brian) Torrence of Shreve, Keith Hicks of Akron, Gina (James) Hogg of SC, and Wayne (Sherri) Smail of Millersburg; step-mother, Jacqueline Hicks Rudd of FL; grandchildren, Justin Torrence, Heaven Hicks, Angelie Proulx and Lauren Anton; five siblings, Dean (Alma) Hicks of Dalton, Gary (Melanie) Hicks of FL, Terrie Anderson of TX, James Anderson of Wooster, and John (Tanya) Anderson of Sherve.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Hicks; significant other, Earla Jean Anderson; brother, Christopher Hicks; and sister, Karen Anderson.
Friends may call on Monday, January 16, 2023, at Auble Funeral Home, 512 E. Oak Street, Orrville, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Memorials may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691, www.lifecarehospice.org
The family wishes to thank all of Bob’s loyal customers for their support over the last 50 plus years. The family also extends a special thank you to the entire team at Altercare Majora Lane in Millersburg for their compassion and making Bob a part of their family.
Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at www.aublefuneralhome.com.