Kenneth L. Hickey of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on September 7th, 2018

HickeyKenneth L. Hickey of Lombard passed away unexpectedly September 5, 2018.

Kenneth was born in Chicago on January 30, 1945 to Sylvester & Mary (Maesch) Hickey. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Susan (Peters), brother Richard (Eddie) Hickey, four children: Deborah Hickey, James (Rebecca) Hickey, Jennifer (Ronald) Selcke and Katherine (Ryan) Henderlong; 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Donald (Lorraine) Hickey.

Kenneth grew up in Chicago, but has been a resident of Lombard since 1970 when he moved his family to the suburbs. Kenneth was a true entrepreneur, opening his first small business Ken’s TV on St. Charles Rd. in Lombard. The business evolved into a small chain of local video stores named Ken’s World of Video. After selling the video stores, Ken became an auctioneer and opened World Auctions in Villa Park, which eventually was taken over by his daughter Jennifer after his retirement.

Kenneth was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. He was an avid cyclist and spent most of his days volunteering in his role as Vice President and Ride Leader for the Elmhurst Bicycle Club, participating in charity rides and events. He also had a deep love for the outdoors and traveled the country from Alaska to the Florida Keys. He loved hiking and exploring the mountains of Colorado where his youngest daughter and family reside. He was always planning his next big adventure.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, September 11th from 4pm-8pm at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Ste 800, Chicago, IL 60601, in his honor; a cause for which Kenneth regularly rode to fundraise.

For more information 630-629-0094.


13 Comments so far ↓

  1. Art and Lynea Henderlong says:

    Ken was wonderful and we are happy to have known him. He was always kind and helpful. We admired his drive and overall love of life. His love of his family was obvious in the kind ways he treated them.

  2. Vincent A Patrizi says:

    While I don’t remember meeting Ken, I’m sure he was on many rides I have attended over the years. The cycling community has lost major advocate. Peace and Love to his Family.

  3. Betty Bond says:

    Ken will be missed so much. He was a great leader, a gentleman, kind, considerate, always volunteering,just an all around good person.
    He seemed so strong and was so active, his passing was a complete shock.

  4. Kalvin & Michelle Boewe & Family says:

    Our sincere condolences to the entire family. We all will remember Ken fondly. If we can do anything for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. Our thoughts and prayers go with you all.

  5. Larry and Kathleen Gaupp says:

    Jim and Becky,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your loving father. We will be praying for you as you mourn the loss of him. God bless you and your family.
    Sending love and hugs.

  6. dave knowles says:

    Met Ken early in his auction business. Remembering his voice walking in “hi David”. He always tried to give me an opportunity at his auctions with stuff I brought in. Pizza at midnight on some Friday auctions. Special Super-Sunday’s and others auctions. Rarely an explanation needed w/Ken. He understood life situations. He was a hard-worker with great ideas. Think he liked “C-B” radio and his “handle” was?

  7. Sandra Gussner says:

    We were never able to spend much time with your Dad or Mom, but did enjoy the short times we did have together. They must be really special people to have raised such a wonder daughter, wife & mother. We are sorry we will not be with your family during this difficult time. Love to all.
    Sandy & Gus

  8. I am EXTREMELY sad to hear of Ken’s passing. Ken was an extremely hard worker on our Bicycle Illinois and Bike Wisconsin events. He loved to help run our events and get to know our participtans and was a model for our other employees. I’ll never forget the time in Rhinelander the power went out and Ken helped us prepare snacks for the next day at 1:30 in the morning! He will be DEEPLY missed.

  9. Ty travers says:

    So sorry to hear of Ken passing I have long ties with this family worked with his brother Don and still working today with his daughter

  10. Rudy Kubica says:

    I met Ken through the Elmhurst Bike Club and enjoyed riding with him on a number of occasions. In fact we took a road trip together to an Elmhurst Bike Club week of riding in Colorado. He was a wonderful person, a lot of fun, a man of integrity. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

  11. John Reibsamen says:

    Jennifer, please extend my condolences to your family members. Ken was a great guy and is responsible for
    my retirement activities – a great deal of buying and selling (the joy is in the hunt) and a little, very little cycling. Who could keep up to his pace?

    Be well,
    John Reibsamen

  12. Arthur Mantzouris says:

    I’m so very sorry for his death and the pain it has caused the Famiy at this sad time, there isn’t any amount of words that can bring a happy smile on each of your faces, but there is a very comforting message of hope that I’d like to share with all of you and it comes from the Bible book of John 5:28,29 to where we find Jesus Christ speaking to us about him doing something very special in the future and that is he will resurrect ones like Kenneth back to life again and how he will accomplish that, is that he has been given the responsibility to resurrect all of the ones who have died back to this earth, as we can read again in the Bible but at another scripture at Psalm 37:29 which reads:The righteous will posses the earth and they will live forever on it. So if your ever wanting to learn more about this wonderful hope ,then by all means feel free to visit us at, and there you will find many spiritual truths that will really help you to find true happiness and joy in knowing that the future is bright and hopeful.

  13. Donna Oswald says:

    I only recently learned of Ken’s passing during the Amlings Toys for Tots ride where it was specifically mentioned that the ride had lost one of it’s great supporters. I rode with Ken several times on EBC rides this year & always found him to be a good, engaging & encouraging ride leader & interesting to talk to. I was quite sad to hear of his passing. It’s a loss that will be felt by all & EBC rides will not be the same without him.

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