HICKENBOTTOM, Ernest, age 81, of Hilliard, passed away, Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Veteran of the US Air Force. Retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 33 years of service. Member of Hilliard Church of Christ. Former member of Belmont County EMA; where he was an avid HAM radio operator. Preceded in death by loving wife of 55 years, Sally Hickenbottom, brother, Alvin Hickenbottom and parents, William and Bessie Hickenbottom.

Survived by children, Barbara Stewart, Karen Hatley, Steve (Melinda) Hickenbottom, grandchildren, Jacob Stewart, Ethan Stewart, Brittney Beckett, Brianna Beckett and Haley Hickenbottom and two great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and staff at the Kobacker House.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home Reach Hospice, 180 East Broad St., FL 32, Columbus, OH 43215. Family will receive friends Saturday 1-3 p.m. at Toothman Funeral Home, St. Clairsville, where a memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. with Everett Hutson officiating.

Full Military Honors will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday by the Belmont County Council of American Legions.