Paul Ray Hickman, 85, of Buckhannon, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Heartland Nursing Home in Clarksburg.
He was born Oct. 21, 1927, at Dunbar, the son of Martin L. and Zella Nichols Hickman.
He graduated from Dunbar High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a master’s degree from West Virginia University and did doctoral work at Ohio State. He was a professor of geology and physical sciences at West Virginia Wesleyan College and ran the school’s planetarium. He retired in 1993 after 35 years at the school.
He also served in the U.S. Army as a cartographer during the Korean War.
He was married 58 years to the former Wanda L. Bush, who survives. They traveled extensively and enjoyed camping, hiking, reading and spending time with their family.
He is also survived by three children, Dave Hickman and wife, Julie Cryser, of Morgantown, John Hickman and wife, Jan, of California, Pa., and Kathryn Hickman and husband, Thomas Collins, of Port Chester, N.Y. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Gary Hickman and wife, Heather, of Washington, Pa., Michael Hickman and wife, Crystal, of Boothsville, Grace and Annie Hickman of Morgantown, Leandra Hickman of Fairmont, Brittany and Kasey Hickman of Orlando, Fla., Emily, Patrick and Clare Collins of Port Chester, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Reese, Cameron and Madison Hickman of Washington, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Robert Hickman.
A private memorial will be conducted with the family at a later date.