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Robert Terry Mickel

1935 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Robert Terry Mickel Obituary
Robert Terry Mickel

August 24, 1935

October 29, 2013

Robert Terry Mickel passed away on October 29, 2013, at Carson Tahoe Continuing Care Hospital in Carson City, Nevada. Terry was born on August 24, 1935, to Frank and Irma Mickel in Bienfait, Saskachewan, Canada. Although he sas a "city boy", he spent a great deal of time at his grandparents' farm. The favorite sports of most Canadian boys were hockey and curling, and Terry was no exception. His love for dogs can be seen in most of his childhood pictures. He was never without a dog or two, and is missed by Heidi, his Westie.

Living in a small town gave him the opportunity to learn to operate heavy equipment at an early age, which began his 60 year career of driving truck. In 1954 he moved to Portland, Oregon and began working for R.A. Heintz Construction hauling heavy equipment. In 1967 he relocated to Reno, Nevada where he eventually operated his own trucks. He semi-retired in Bouse, Arizona, but could not quite give up the love of trucking, thus his Kenworth went along for the drive. In 2010, because of failing health, he moved back to Sparks, Nevada to be closer to family.

He leaves behind Diane, his wife of 46 years; daughter Becky Mickel of Brush Prarie, Washington; son Kevin Mickel (Mary) and daughter Karen Mickel of Sparks, Nevada; daughter Debra Mickel of Carson City, Nevada; and daughter Shelley Ybarra (Henry) of Portland, Oregon; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and sister Lynda Figg of Barrego Springs, California.

His family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Carson Tahoe Continuing Care. In the 9 days he was there, he and his family were treated with kindness and compassion by everyone who entered his room.

Services will be held on Monday, November 11 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1135 12th St., Sparks, Nevada at 11am.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Nov. 3, 2013
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