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CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Harold H. Sickles, 92, A retired Adams County educator and a resident of the Good Samaritan Home in Quincy, formerly of Camp Point, died Thursday (June 5, 2014) in the home.

He was born April 25, 1922, in Camp Point, a son of Glen and Bessie Sims Sickles. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he married Esther Volkmar of Beardstown. She died June 21, 1995.

Harold spent most of his 30 years in education with Unit District #3 of Camp Point where he served as principal of Clayton Elementary School and as principal and guidance counselor at Central High School in Camp Point. He was also employed by John Wood Community College as outreach director and educational advisor for several years.

He graduated from Camp Point High School, received his bachelor and master's degrees from Western Illinois University, and took post graduate work at the University of Illinois, University of Indiana and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

He served with the Armed Forces during World War II in the European Theater of Operations, where he participated in and received battle stars in five major battles. He received an honorable discharge in December 1945.

Harold was a lifelong member of Camp Point United Methodist Church, a member of American Legion Post 238 of Camp Point, a member and past president of the Camp Point Lions Club, receiving the Melvin Jones Award, and a member of the Camp Point Library Trustees. He was a past president of the Adams County Senior Citizens Council, served as a member of the State of Illinois Senior Citizen Council, and was a member of the Illinois and Adams County Retired Teachers Associations.

He and his wife were members of the Quincy Area and Holiday Rambler travel trailer clubs and they traveled together to all 50 states. Harold had served as director for the Panther Pride Foundation for the Unit District #3 schools.

Survivors include his two children, David (Glenda) of West Branch, Iowa, and Beth (Dan) Buckley of Quincy; five grandchildren, Brian (Amy) Buckley of Wildwood, Mo., Todd Buckley of Quincy, David (Meghan) Buckley of Quincy, Amanda Gerig-Sickles of Arlington Heights and Analisa Gerig-Sickles of Guatemala City, Guatemala; two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Addison Buckley of Wildwood, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Sickles is also survived by the many students who touched his life throughout his years as an educator.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Sickles was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Keith Sickles; and a daughter-in-law, Jean Gerig.

SERVICES: His body will be accorded cremation rites. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, in Camp Point United Methodist Church. Following the memorial service, a reception of family and friends will be held in the fellowship hall of the church from 2 to 5 p.m. Private inurnment will be in Quincy Memorial Park at a later date.

MEMORIALS: Camp Point United Methodist Church or to the Panther Pride Foundation.

ARRANGEMENTS: Lummis Hamilton Funeral Home, Camp Point.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from June 8 to June 10, 2014
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