In Memory of Richard Sickels

Richard Sickels
Richard Sickels
Born: August 28, 1952
Died: July 17, 2015
Age: 62
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Richard Sickels
August 28, 1952 - July 17, 2015
From: Nevada, IA

Richard Sickels, 62, of Nevada, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada, with Pastor David Burling officiating.  Casual attire is encouraged.  Burial will follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery with military honors conducted by William F. Ball Post No. 48 of the American Legion.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. 

Born August 28, 1952, in Waukon, Iowa, Richard Oakley Sickels was the son of Arthur and Alvina (Nelson) Sickels.  He grew up in Waterville, Iowa, and began working at a young age.  Rich loved to work, hauling canned milk with his dad and baling hay with his uncles.  He was always interested in making money and started out working at a creamery.  At one point in his young life, Rich considered becoming a minister.  He served in the United States Navy from 1970-72, then returned to Iowa and worked in grounds maintenance at Iowa State University in Ames for 34 years, retiring in 2010.

On November 26, 1976, he was united in marriage to Linda (Kuhn) Eller in Ames.  She passed away in 2001.

Rich enjoyed watching western movies, country music, fishing, and going to Meskquaki and Prairie Meadows Casinos.

Survivors include his mother, Alvina Sickels of Rossville; two brothers, Robert (Beverly) Sickels of Nevada, and Rodney (Deborah) Sickels of Dorchester; two sisters, Ruth Sunkle of Marshalltown, and Becky (Curtis) See of Aransas Pass, TX; a step-daughter, Julie Eller of Altoona; his girlfriend, Gloria Lewis of Nevada; and two four-legged companions, Axle and Sadie.

In addition to his wife, Linda, Rich was preceded in death by his father, a brother in law, Phillip Sunkle, and special friends Charley Litchfield and Keith Thompson.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Richard and his family.


Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
“I am so shocked to here of the passing of Rich! I just had a nice visit with him and I believe he said his brother-in-law last week at the Hy Vee Deli last week in Ames. He was a thoughtful and terrific friend to my brother Charles Litchfield.for many years! I ate many lunches with he and my brother at Culver's over the past few years! I send many prayers and condolences to his family at this time of bereavement.”
- Roger Litchfield
Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
“We are so Sorry for your Loss And we will hold you in our Prayers .”
- David & Joyce Gregg
Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
“I had the good fortune to work with Rich at I.S.U. for twenty years and learn firsthand how a man carries himself through the strength of his resolve as well as his body. The relationship Rich had with Charles was truly special; based on mutual respect and admiration. Camaraderie based on years of working together and going "out for lunch" wherever and whenever Sir Charles felt like it. Rich had a hard exterior to those who didn't look beyond that; but a heart as big as a mountain to all he called "brother". I am more then blessed to be among the later. Godspeed dear friend.”
- Jim Schleier
Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
“You'll always be our own "Richie Poo". We will miss you!!

Bronson and Kathleen”
- Ron and Kathy Tiffany
Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.”
- Tammy (Bartmess) Harris
Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
“We were so sorry to read of Rich's death. We have many happy memories of Sunday afternoons at Keith Thompson's with Rich and Linda--and a host of others--just laughing and enjoying each other's company. Our sympathy to all your family.

Dennis and Becky Jordan”
- Becky Jordan
Monday, July 20, 2015 at 12:44 PM
“My wife, Katie & I send our sympathy to you all. I have great memories hanging out with Richard, usually playing sports, when we were both kids growing up near Waterville. We spent a lot of time together, being close in age.may God bless you all & remember to cherish all the great memories made together. My love to all ! Gene & Katie Asleson ”
- Gene & Katie Asleson
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10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor David Burling


Rodney Sickels
Robert Sickels
Byron Sunkle
Luke See
Curtis See
Jerry Anderson
Jodi Bresnahan
Mike Sparks

Ron Augustine
Ron Tiffany


4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa
Military honors by
William F. Ball Post No. 48