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Norton Okell Hickman, III “Norty”, 50, of Raytown, MO passed away May 22, 2022 at St. Luke’s East Hospital from Heart Disease. A casual memorial gathering will be held from 10am-12pm on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133.
Norton, III was born on December 31, 1971 to Norton and Patricia Hickman of Raytown, MO.
Norty was a 1990 graduate of Raytown South High School and a Small Engine Mechanic. He rode his first motorcycle at age 10 and that love affair lasted for 40 years. He loved his bikes, working on his Harleys, making numerous trips to Sturgis and any beautiful day to ride hard and free with his friends. Norty would always tell us, “Make sure you tell your friends to watch out for motorcycles on the road!”.
He married Susan O’Connell in 1992 and together they had a son, Norty IV, who was the pride and joy of his life.
Norty loved his family, his mother’s cooking and delighted in being late for all special family dinners. He was a free spirit and was always ready for a party. Norty enjoyed living life to the fullest and on his own terms. His daughter Frankie had a very special place in his heart. He was truly a simple man that was witty, funny, smart, and kind. Norty loved the ladies, good music, walking on the wild side, helping people and had a soft spot for dogs—especially his beloved Ducky. His friends were an important part of his life. There are too many to list, but his family would like to thank Michelle, Art and GS for their friendship, love and support.
Norty never let his health issues get the best of him. He was brave, strong willed and gave a good fight until the end. He was surrounded by his family when he left for his final ride on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wilma and Maurice Hartman; paternal grandfather, Norton O Hickman, Sr.; uncles, Phil Harris and Bill Adams; cousin, Delene Harris Pewthers; and the love of his life, Nina.
He is survived by his parents, Norton and Pat Hickman; son, Norty IV; daughter, Frankie; sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie and Tim Atchity; nephew, Max Atchity and his fiancé Chelsea; niece, Gabrielle Atchity; special aunt, Billie Harris; cousin, Phil Harris, Jr; 103-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Hickman; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Saint Luke’s Foundation—Attention St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute.
The Family would like to extend a special thank you to the multitude of caring and compassionate doctors and nurses within the St. Luke’s Health System, most recently, those in the ICU at St. Luke’s East. Thank you, to all, for your dedication and knowledge that allowed us extra years to enjoy our son, dad, brother, uncle, and friend.