William H. (Bill) Hickok


William H. (Bill) Hickok, 82, died peacefully on the morning of July 21, 2014 in Marina Del Rey, California. 

Bill was born in Kansas City to Garold and Lora (Dible) Hickok on July 24, 1931. He was distantly related to the famous gunslinger "Wild Bill." He lived most of his life in the Kansas City area and retired to California about ten years ago. He attended Southwest High School and the University of Missouri, where he was a member of Sigma Chi. He served in the Marines as a lieutenant from 1951-1955. After returning home he and his brother Jack continued the building business started by their grandfather, N.W. Dible. The business flourished and they built hundreds of homes in an area from State Line to Antioch, 95th to 103rd streets. 

Bill served as board chair of Johnson County Parks and Recreation in the early seventies, was a founder of the Kansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and was also a founder of Kansas City's first Hospice. After a brief retirement around 1980, he returned to business in the multifamily arena and built several apartment complexes in Johnson County. 

Retiring in 1989, he focused on charitable activities, particularly the arts. He and wife Gloria founded The Writers Place near 36th and Pennsylvania, where readings and support workshops for established and aspiring writers are held. Bill was an accomplished author, penning humorous essays for such publications as The Kansas City Star, Newsday, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

A few years ago, Bill published his magnum opus, a book of poetry entitled "The Woman Who Shot Me," which garnered favorable reviews among the literati far and wide. 

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Vando, daughter Anne McCartney, son Tim Hickok, three stepchildren, and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be announced in the future. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 920 Main Street, Suite 280, Kansas City MO 64105.

Published in the Kansas City Star on July 24, 2014

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