Age 79 of Minneapolis
Died peacefully on October 11, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Crandall and Marjorie; sister, Marlene Melchert. He will be deeply missed by those who survive him: children, Caleb (Pankuri Goraksha-Hicks) Hicks, Megan (Wobo) Bekwelem, Rachel Hicks, Whitney (Marlon) Heimerl; their mother, Claire Paulene (aka Carol Hicks); grandchildren, Nyasa, Arlo, Malakhi, Zemira, Fiora; brother Jim (Celeste) Hicks; many nieces and nephews.
An intrepid entrepreneur, Tom had a wide variety of interests and skills. He was an inventor, educator, woodworker, percussionist (in the 5th Army Band!), dairy goat farmer, recording artist and voice-over actor, and Minnesota State Fair award-winning bread baker. His energy was big, creative, and irreverent, and he was an eternal opTOMist. The self-proclaimed “World’s Second-Best Santa” also managed to perform a front handspring on his 50th birthday.
A maudlin, sad funeral would not be Tom’s style, so instead his family plans to throw a “FUN”-eral in his honor. Please join us for this event at 1400 Laurel Ave., Mpls from 2–6 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 18, 2023.
Memorial gifts may be made in Tom’s honor to National Public Radio.