Joseph ''Joe'' Harvey Hicks Jr. of Little Genessee, N.Y., was born Nov. 17, 1959, in Olean, N.Y., and deceased Feb. 21, 2014, in Olean General Hospital, after a short illness.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Diane M. (Emules) Hicks, whom he married Dec. 23, 1997; children: Hilary (Hicks) Hohnsbehn, Ellerbe, N.C.; Mark Waite, Jamestown, N.Y., Joanna Holland, Jamestown, N.Y., Robert (Bobby) Holland, Jamestown, N.Y., Michelle Crandall, Bolivar, N.Y., and Audrey Bagley, Luray Va.; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren and expecting another one; brother, Wilford Hicks, Olean N.Y., sister, Marcy (Hicks) and Jacob Sweeney, Mesa, Ariz., brother, Brian and Angela Hicks, Bolivar N.Y.; sister, Faith Hicks, Olean N.Y.; brother, Quinton (Tim) Hicks Olean, N.Y.; sister. Hope (Hicks) and Randy Dinkins. Frews-burg N.Y.; sister. Cheryl (Hicks) and Darrell Kellogg, Cuba N.Y.; brother, Daryl and Holly Hicks, Olean, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Harvey Hicks Sr. and Shirley Louise (Vaughn) Hicks; and a brother, Clyde Phillip (Buzzy) Hicks.
Joe was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and craftsman. He loved wood-burning, and was self-employed in the construction industry. Joe grew up in Chautauqua County but spent time in Virginia and Western New York. Joe loved to build and ride motorcycles. He enjoyed the freedom of the open road, and loved to spend time with family and friends celebrating life under the stars with campfires and music. Joe was a collector of many things including Harley Davidson paraphernalia, Indians, wolves, eagles, and NAS-CAR (Dale Earndhart Sr. and Jr.). He was a member of the Olean American Legion Post 530 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Olean, N.Y.
Memorial services will be held at Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 NYS Route 417 W. Olean, N.Y. Viewing for family and friends will begin at noon and services at 1 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Roger Howell of Scio, N.Y. A celebration lunch will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 116 W. Sullivan St. Olean, N.Y., immediate-ly following.