Wisconsin FFA advisor dies after short illness

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 7:15 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Wisconsin rural and agricultural education lost a leader on Friday. Wisconsin state FFA advisor Jeff Hicken, 47 died at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison after a short illness. Hicken served as the state advisor in the state Department of Public Instruction since 2006, previously teaching agriculture education at Sauk Prairie High School. A former state FFA officer from the Lomira chapter, Hicken is a graduate of UW-River Falls. He was named Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year in 2003 and earned many other educational accolades – including serving as a National FFA Board director. A visitation for Hicken will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waupun Junior-Senior High School; a memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., with additional visitation time 3-5 p.m. He’s survived by his wife Sheri, a former Alice in Dairyland, and two sons.

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