Passed away unexpectedly on March 16, 2021 at the age of 39. Preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Drue Isaac. Survived by parents, Steven Hickman and Nancy Barlow; step-father, Terry Barlow; sister, Anna Frykman; brother, Jay Hickman; mother of his daughter, Vanessa; former wife, Jessica; and many loving extended family members and friends.
Neal had a great and beautiful energy. His exuberance and generosity drew others into his orbit, making best friends with everyone he met. He had a zest for life, entering into every adventure with 110% of himself. Neal shone his brightest surrounded by family at a Twin’s game, a beer in the hand, basking in the sun and trading jokes and laughs with everyone around. He poured his love and attention onto his family, who felt his care and love in every call and every bear hug.
Neal’s love for his beloved daughter, Drue, was the focus of his life. She came into his life early, but she was his entire world from the very start. They were inseparable and did everything together. He was a steadfast father who dedicated all his energy to his daughter, making sure he was there for every important moment, and every basketball game. Neal was still grieving her loss when he passed away.
Plans are being made for a larger outdoor memorial for Neal in mid-May in St. Paul, MN. His family will make that information available to Neal’s large circle of friends and loved ones as soon as possible.
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