This is one of those stories that you don’t want to share, but you know people can learn something from it. The cause of this accident is unknown, because there were no witnesses. So we can only wonder how it could have been prevented. Perhaps the hardest part of this story is the fact that this gentleman fell sometime in the morning and no one knew anything about it until his wife found him that night.

We pray for his loved ones who are left behind, and we pray that he did not suffer. He sounds like he was a remarkable  husband, father, and grandfather. God bless his family.

Perhaps that is the lesson we can take away from this tragedy is to have someone around when you’re working on a ladder, or ask someone check on you from time to time. And don’t climb in high winds. If you absolutely have to, tie that ladder off.

Read the original article at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle website. You can also read Mr. Hickert’s obituary here.

By Whitney Bermes, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The Bozeman man who died Tuesday night after falling from a ladder has been identified as James Henry Hickert, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

Hickert, 69, was found on his back at 7:30 p.m. at his home on Cascade Street in Bozeman, sheriff’s reports state. Hickert died of blunt-force trauma to the head after falling about 20 feet sometime Tuesday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. His wife found him that night, Gallatin County Undersheriff Dan Springer said.

A contractor by trade, Hickert had been working on his home, Springer said. With no witnesses, an exact cause of the fall is unknown. But strong winds in the area Tuesday night could have contributed to Hickert’s fall, Springer said.