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Richard Allen ‘Rick’ Sickles


Richard Allen “Rick” Sickles, 68, of Belle Center, passed away of natural causes Thursday, April 11, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo., doing what he loved — driving truck.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Jan. 23, 1945, to the late Roy Earle and E. Eileene Claybaugh Sickles. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Larry E. Sickles; two nephews, Brian Price and 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 also is 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 of Lakeview and her son Derek, and 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 and Kish of Kettlersville, A.J. Lowery of Lima, Adam (Michele) Lowery of Kenton; grandchildren, Justin, Jessie, Megan, Aspen, Nevaeh, Caiden, Cheyanne, Jazlyn and Destiny; and many special nieces and nephews.

A 1963 graduate of Belle Center High School, Rick was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during the Vietnam conflict, where he was Gen. 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 is from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Belle Center, followed by a funeral conducted by Pastor Mike Phillips.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family through funeral home.

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