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John Hickman

April 17, 1938 — November 21, 2020

West Grove, PA

John Marshall Hickman, age 82, of West Grove, Pennsylvania, died suddenly Saturday November 21, 2020 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Eileen Moore Hickman, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Binghamton, NY he was the son of the late James Parker Hickman and the late Alta Ziegenfuss Hickman.

John graduated in 1960 from Lafayette College with a BS in Civil Engineering. He enjoyed a long career as a Professional Engineer working on many bridges throughout the United States as well as nuclear power plants in the US, Philippines and Japan. Later he became President and owner of Chesterland Associates, an engineering and land planning company in West Chester, PA.  He played basketball in his youth, golf throughout his life and rarely missed watching his favorite sports teams. He loved to travel and see the world. John and Eileen have explored many countries and most corners of the US creating wonderful memories of trips with family and friends.

In addition to his wife Eileen, he is survived by two daughters, Dina Hickman Chipping and her husband Keith of West Grove, PA and Laura Kessler and her husband Nick of Pen Argyl, PA; four grandchildren, Leah Semmelhaack, Dylan Semmelhaack, Alek Kessler and Kristoffer Kessler and one sister, Sue Stott of Denver, CO. He was predeceased by one daughter, Karen Semmelhaack in 1999 and sister Louise Lione in 2017.

All are invited to an outdoor gathering of family and friends at 12PM on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Moore Joy Farm, 132 Phillips Mill Road, West Grove, PA 19390. The tree lined lane to the farm and barn is called Woodcrest Road on Google. Look for balloons on the mailbox. After the gathering, a celebration of life ceremony will begin at 1PM with refreshments to follow. The gathering will be held in the new barn which has one side entirely open. There will be several heaters and fire pits. Please dress warmly and comfortably and wear a mask per COVID rules. DUE TO POOR RECEPTION, THE SERVICE WILL NOT BE LIVE STREAMED BUT WILL BE RECORDED AND POSTED HERE WITHIN 24 HRS AFTER THE SERVICE. Contributions in his memory may be made to Brandywine Valley SPCA, West Chester PA at the link below or or Brandywine Conservancy at link below or .  Arrangements are by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) To view his online obituary, please visit

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Saturday, November 28, 2020

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, November 28, 2020

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