Roland Gene "Kick" Kickbush

Roland Gene "Kick" Kickbush passed away peacefully June 25, 2009, at a California care facility.

He was born May 25, 1926, in Osterdock, Iowa, to Lloyd and Ethel Kickbush. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout and became a vocation education teacher in California and Alaska. Once a year Roland interviewed teachers from the lower 48 states to fill positions for the new Career Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Roland and Joan built their first home in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1960, with members of their families helping. Roland loved flying his airplane to villages in Alaska while his wife Joan sketched on her pad to capture the scene and children playing and would later finish paintings back in her studio. Their favorite village was Savoomga on St. Lawrence Island. They enjoyed flying the Alaskan Highway home to Wisconsin, sleeping under the wing of the plane and enjoying wildlife and beautiful scenery. He kept busy matting and framing paintings done by his wife, Alaska artist Joan Arend Kickbush, deceased June 16, 2006. He loved hunting bear and moose, salmon fishing, golfing and flying his airplane. He enjoyed showing horses in Alaska, winning blue ribbons and trophies. He retired, leaving Anchorage in 1978 and went to Bend, Ore., Borrego Springs, Calif., and Carefree, Ariz., with Joan painting, sculpturing and Roland ranching. Roland was a man of incredible integrity, his infectious smile and friendly outgoing personality won everyone’s heart.

He is loved and remembered by sisters, Phyllis Craig and Rita Raychel (Edward); sister-in-laws, Alberta Kickbush and Jan Arend Clark; and brother-in-law, Jay Arend (Amy); and 24 nephews and nieces, friends and all who were blessed to know him.

Our family wishes to thank the caregivers and Hospice for their support which was so appreciated.