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GARY LEE SICKELS

GARY LEE SICKELS, 69, OF KELLERTON, IOWA PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY IN HIS HOME ON FEBRUARY 11, 2008.     

IN KEEPING WITH GARY’S WISHES, HIS TISSUE, EYES, AND ORGANS WERE DONATED TO IOWA DONOR PROGRAM AND HE WAS CREMATED.

GARY WAS BORN ON JULY 23, 1938 IN MOUNT AYR, IOWA TO HARLAN (EARL) AND JENNIE (ARMSTRONG) SICKELS. GARY ATTENDED MOUNT AYR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS FOR ALL OF HIS SCHOOLING, GRADUATING IN  1956. UPON GRADUATION HE ENTERED THE MARINES AND WAS IN THE SERVICE JUST UNDER THREE YEARS.

GARY LIVED AN ACTIVE LIFE AND WAS EMPLOYED UP UNTIL HIS DEATH. WITH HIS WORK PRIMARILY IN SALES, HE HAD LIVED IN DAVENPORT, IOWA, OMAHA, NE., GREEN BAY, WI., AND HAD MADE HIS HOME IN KELLERTON, IOWA FOR THE PAST 34 YEARS. HE LOVED TO KEEP BUSY OUT IN HIS GARAGE TINKERING ON CARS AND HAD RECENTLY BEEN BUILDING A CABIN AT HIS FARM. HE ALSO ENJOYED HAVING HIS GRANDCHILDREN COME AND VISIT, TEACHING THEM TO FISH AND ENJOY THE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE.

GARY IS SURVIVED BY HIS LOVING WIFE OF 37 YEARS, DIANNA OF THE HOME, A BROTHER, LARRY AND HIS WIFE LINDA OF MOUNT AYR, IOWA; THREE CHILDREN, JEFF AND WIFE CATHY OF SHAWNEE, KS.; CARMA SHOOPMAN AND HUSBAND STEVE OF METAMORA, IL.; AND E.G. (ETHAN) OF CLARKSDALE, MO.; NINE GRANDCHILDREN, STEPHANIE REYNOLDS (MICHAEL) OF MOLINE, IL.; NATHAN SICKELS OF WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA.; CHIRISTOPHER AND RICHARD SHOOPMAN OF METAMORA, IL.; ERIKA MORLAN OF REUNION, FL.; AND MONICA MORLAN OF BELTON, MO. AND EMMA AND MOLLY IRVIN AND KAYLEE SICKELS OF SHAWNEE, KS.; AND ONE GREAT-GRANDCHILD, ABIGAIL REYNOLDS OF MOLINE, IL.

HE IS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, EARL AND JENNIE.

SERVICES WERE HELD AT WILSON-WATSON & ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME IN MOUNT AYR ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2008 AT 11 A.M. WITH REV. SUSAN THOMAS OFFICIATING.

GARY WAS LAID TO REST IN THE ROSE HILL CEMETERY IN MOUNT AYR.

MEMORIALS WERE DIRECTED TO MOUNT AYR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.

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