Troy Lee Hickey, 86, of Galt passed away on Sept. 25, 2019. He was born in Hartman, Arkansas in 1933 where he worked on farms throughout his youth to help put food on his family’s table, but dreamed of owning a farm of his own.
Troy left home at age 18 and hitchhiked to California with little more than the clothes on his back. In his early 20s, he earned his GED and proudly served his country in the United States Army for two years as an MP in the Korean War. Upon his return, he started working for the Santa Fe railroad in 1957 and retired 40 years later after a long and successful career. Along the way, his childhood dream came true when he bought a 60-acre farm on the outskirts of Galt, built a beautiful home and lived out the rest of his life surrounded by people he loved and those that loved him. He was very proud of his enormous family and loved talking about his family history, dancing, country music, camping and tending his property. In his later years, he enjoyed watching old westerns on television, sitting on the back porch with his wife, attending daily senior lunch, walking, napping and always trying, unsuccessfully, to convince us all that he was mean, ornery and hateful.
Troy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Peggy; daughters Leann Scherrer, Carolini DuCray, Susan Hickey, Lynda Henke, Deborah Netherton and Cheri Spink; sons Travis Hickey and Scott Meeker, along with many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family. Preceding him in death earlier this year was his son Troy Lee Hickey Jr.