Howard Lickerman, former chairman and chief executive officer of Regal Rugs in North Vernon and longtime community activist in Columbus, died Sunday at his home in Highland Park, Ill., according to family friends. He was 86.
Lickerman and his wife, Carolyn, moved to Illinois in 2011 to be closer to their two daughters.
He had been in ill health for about a year.
He joined the North Vernon manufacturer in 1960, rising through the ranks to be named chairman in 1979. He retired several years ago.
He and his wife, a former member of the Columbus City Council, lived in Columbus during his tenure with Regal Rugs.
He was active in both communities, serving on the boards of the Jennings Community Hospital and the Bartholomew County Hospital Foundation.
He and his wife took leadership roles in a number of Bartholomew County organizations. In 2007 the couple were named winners of the 2007 Mayor’s Arts Award. Howard Lickerman served on the board of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
They were also strong supporters of the People Trails project and in 2001 a section of the Trails in Lincoln Park was dedicated in their honor.
Funeral services are pending.