OBITUARY - LESTER SICKELS
Lester SICKELS, the fourth child of EG and Belle NYE SICKELS, was born June 27, 1909 in Worth county, Missouri and
departed this life March 21, 2001 at Mount Ayr Health Care
Center where he had been a resident for five years.
When he was three-years-old the family moved to Blockton, Iowa where he began his education. At the age of nine, they
moved to Ringgold county where he lived most of the rest of his life, except for the three years when he worked as a
mechanic in Florida and five years in Guttenberg, Iowa.
He was married at Clarinda, Iowa on February 22, 1930 to Dorothy Louise SNETHEN. In 1938, while in Florida, they adopted
their first child, Elizabeth Geraldine. She was later joined by Lois Gayle and twin sons, Dan Allen and Dennis Earl.
Lester was a man who loved people and an adventure. He had a dream to see what was over every hill. He and Dorothy were
privileged to travel many places together. During his five years as a driver for Hilton Mobile Home in Guttenberg, he
logged over a quarter million accident-free miles. At the time of his baptism into the First Christian church in Mount Ayr
when he was 88 years old, he commented that there was only one more hill that he wanted to climb to see what was on the
For three years, he was the championship cornpicker in Ringgold County and competed in state contests where he placed
third at the 1930 contest at Shenandoah, Iowa.
Lester lived a life of service to others. He was a member of local school boards for 13 years before being elected to
the county school board for 12 years. He resigned that position when he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives
for two terms. This service took place during the time there was no salary for such positions.
He belonged to the Mount Ayr Lions Club, the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Ringgold County Sheriff's Posse. He was always
proud of playing a small part in getting the Ringgold County Hospital located in Mount Ayr.
Following his legislative
service, he was appointed to a citizen's advocacy committee which formed the fifth judicial district Correctional Board
in 1979. He served on that board until 1984. He was proud to say that he knew someone in every county in Iowa and many
others throughout the United States.
He was known as a master storyteller, a heritage that came from his family. He was often found examining family records
and could trace his mother's written ancestry back 24 generations for his great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years; infants son Dennis Earl, granddaughter Lisa Jane BUCKNER
and great-granddaughter Christine Lynn POST; sister Cleta PYLE; and brothers, Rex, Cecil, Roy, Dean, Duane, Earl and Jim.
Left to mourn his passing are daughters, Jeri POMI and husband Don of Fallon, Nevada, Gayle BUCKNER of Des Moines; son
Dan Allen SICKELS; six grandchildren, Steve POMI (Julie) of Reno, Nevada, Mike (Jeannie) POMI of Sparks, Nevada, Susan
BUCKNER POST (Allen) of Woden, Iowa, Tim BUCKNER of Des Moines, Shawn BUCKNER (Renee) of Grimes, Iowa and Scott SICKELS.
He particularly enjoyed his 10 great-grandchildren and enjoyed following their rodeo achievements in Nevada and seeing
the little Iowa ones on a regular basis. They are Whitney and Tory POMI of Sparks, Nevada, McKenzie and Jake POMI of Reno,
Nevada, Gregory, Amanda and Kyle POST of Woden; Caitlin and Cody BUCKNER of Indianola, Iowa and Brittney BUCKNER of Grimes.
He is also survived by one brother Don SICKELS of Mount Ayr; one sister Viona FROST of Des Moines; seven sisters-in-law;
and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 24, 2001 at First Christian Church in Mount Ayr with Reverend John BRILLO
officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT, Mary TRULLINGER and Melanie KNAPP. Casket bearers were Tim BUCKNER, Shawn
BUCKNER, Allen POST, Ronald SICKELS, Mike SICKELS and Steve SICKELS.
Honorary pallbearers were Mike POMI, Steve POMI, Scott SICKELS, Bill SICKELS, Gene SICKELS, William Glenn SICKELS, Mack
SICKELS, Donald WOODS, Dennis DOBBS, Bob SICKELS, John SICKELS, Sam SICKELS, Larry SICKELS and Gary SICKELS.
Lester was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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