Daniel Franklin Hicks, Jr.


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Londonderry, NH - Daniel Franklin Hicks Jr., 82, husband of Gretchen Conner Hicks of Londonderry, NH passed away peacefully on January 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Dan was a husband, father, brother, grandfather, farmer, conservationist, Master Sergeant, volunteer fireman, and interim Fire Chief for Londonderry. He was born on July 20, 1936 in Londonderry to the late Daniel and Hazel Hicks.
Dan served in the Air National Guard for 19 years, some of which was active duty. He also served as commander of the Londonderry American Legion Post 27.
Dan owned Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry with his brother-in-law, John Conner. He served as President for the NHFG and the NDTFA. His vision made Sunnycrest Farm one of the leading innovative orchards in New England. Dan was instrumental in the formation of the Londonderry Conservation Commission, serving as chairman and remaining a member for 33 years. It was his dedicated work and passion for nature that ensured the purchase of land known as Musquash and the Plummer Property.
Dan is predeceased by his brothers, Paul, George, Robert and David, and his sisters Elaine and Shirley. He is survived by his lifelong wife and soulmate Gretchen; their three children, Deirdre Hicks Barrett, Shelby Hicks, Daniel Hicks and his wife Kelley; seven grandchildren, Rachel, Elizabeth, Hanna, Michael, Daniel IV, Madison and Corey. Many, many nieces and nephews will greatly miss their Uncle Danny.
Following cremation, calling hours were held on Tuesday, January 29th from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, January 30th at 10:00am in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to benefit the Londonderry Rail Trail at Londonderry Trailways, P.O. Box 389A, Londonderry, NH 03053. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit, www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.
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