Ecumen Century Club: Happy 101st Birthday Joe Hickman

Ecumen honors Joe Hickman, a resident of Ecumen Detroit Lakes, who is 101.

Ecumen honors Joe Hickman, who is 101.

Born: October 29, 1915 in York, Neb.

Residence: Ecumen Detroit Lakes.                           

Hobbies/Interests: Farming, horseback riding, coin collecting, being with his wife and family.

Family: Married to Laura, for 71 years. Laura also lives at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.  They have four children, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Occupation: Farmer. Joe and Laura had a large farm in Nebraska, where they raised grain, livestock and chickens.

Secrets of Longevity: Joe says he has no idea.  He never expected to be 100.

Interesting Facts: Joe, who was in the Army in Field Artillery, was on leave in California hitchhiking.  Laura’s brother and sister gave him a ride to town.  Joe offered to help work on their care the next day, and they invited him for supper — which Laura was cooking.  Soon after, Laura and Joe got married when Joe was on leave from Alaska.  “You can still tell that Laura is the apple of Joe’s eye after 71 years of marriage,” says Brenda Labine, Life Enrichment Specialist at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.

Congratulations on your 101st birthday, Joe! Ecumen honors you.