Everett Van Sickle Jr., 89, of Midland, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at the Toni and Trish House in Auburn. He was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Detroit, son of the late Everett and Imbi A. (Sippola) Van Sickle Sr.
Everett grew up in Prescott and West Branch. He received his high school diploma from West Branch Public School. He served in the U.S. Navy
from March 15, 1944 until Jan. 21, 1946, as a Seaman 1st Class on LST 752 in the Pacific Theatre. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked in logging and construction for a short period of time. He later joined the Ogemaw County Herald as a linotype operator where he worked for approximately ten years. He joined the Midland Daily News in 1957, working as a systems operator and composer until 1987.
Everett was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
, the American Legion, the Forty Et Eight, and the National Association for Amateur Radio. His major hobby was building large scale models of old sailing vessels, with the exception of a large scale model of the LST on which he served. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Everett is survived by his brothers, Clifford Van Sickle and Robert (Camille) Van Sickle all of Midland; and sister, Carol Jean Bragg of Westland. He is also survived by 25 nieces and nephews and spouses; many great-nieces and -nephews and spouses; great-great-nieces and nephews and spouses; a great-great-great-niece and a great-great-great-nephew. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Imbi Maxine Gehl and Mavis Rau; brothers-in-law, Eugene Gehl, Keith Rau, John Bragg; and two great nephews, Steve Cragg and Noah Gehl.
The funeral liturgy will take place 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Fr. Kevin Maksym will officiate, with Rite of Interment to take place in Richland Cemetery in Ogemaw County. Everett's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, from 2-8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Toni and Trish House.