Richard Allen “Rick” Sickles, 68, of Belle Center, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri, doing what he loved – driving truck. He was born in Bellefontaine on January 23, 1945 to the late Roy Earle and E. Eileene (Claybaugh) Sickles. He was also preceded in death by a brother Larry E. Sickles, 2 nephews Brian Price, Scott Sickles and niece LuCinda Price, and father-in-law Jack Beuschlein.
Pastor Beverly Ann Daniels wed Rick to the former Dianne Beuschlein in September of 1981 in Lakeview and she survives in Belle Center. He is also survived by brothers Norman Sickles of Bellefontaine and Craig (Sue) Sickles of Belle Center; sister Brenda (James) Donegan of Marion; sister-in-law Ruth Sickles of Belle Center; an aunt Rita (Robert) Smith of Belle Center; mother-in-law Marie Beuschlein of Lakeview; sisters-in-law Debbie Beuschlein and her son Derek of Lakeview, Sandi Short of DeGraff, brother-in-law Jack (Cindy) Beuschlein of Lewistown, step-children: Andy Sheets of Lima, Alfred (Jonica) Lowery of Alger, Angela Lowery & Kish of Kettlersville, A.J. Lowery of Lima, Adam (Michele) Lowery of Kenton; grandchildren: Justin, Jessie, Megan, Aspen, Nevaeh, Caiden, Cheyanne, Jazlyn, Destiny and many special nieces and nephews.
A 1963 graduate of Belle Center High School, Rick was a veteran of the US Air Force and served during the Vietnam Conflict where he was General Westmoreland’s personal driver. He was currently employed with Cheeseman Trucking as an over-the-road truck driver and had worked 10 years with Rockwell in Kenton. Rick was a life-member of AmVets Post #39 and enjoyed spending time with his grandkids.
Visitation will be held Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Belle Center from 1-6 pm followed by a 6 pm funeral service conducted by Pastor Mike Phillips.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.