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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, October 08, 1987

OBITUARY ~ REX SICKELS

Sherman Rex SICKELS, son of E. G. and Belle SICKELS, was born September 6, 1903, near Athelstan, Iowa, and passed away at the Clearview Nursing home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on September 28, 1987, at the age of 84 years and 22 days. He was the eldest of 11 chilren.

Rex at an early age accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr.

On Feb. 4, 1923 he was united in marriage to Mildred WEHRLE. Born to Rex and Mildred were eight children - Dorothy, John, Sam, Belle, Leland, Shirley, Kay and Martha. Rex and Mildred spent 55 happy years together. Most of this time was spent farming in Ringgold County.

Rex enjoyed Sunday dinners at home surrounded by his chilren and grandchildren. He had a tremendous love for the outdoors. Each spring he loved to take the grandchildren and sons-in-law fishing at his farm ponds. He always took time to spend with his grandchildren. He always hadenough gum in his pockets for them. As long as he was able, he and his son, Sam, never missed opening ay of pheasant hunting. He always got his limit. As a young boy, he and his brother, Cecil, were given a single shot rifle by their father. He was taught that every shot counted. Their father would give them three bullets - if they returned from hunting with three rabbits, next time they received three bullets in return. If they came back with two rabbits, they got two bullets. Because of this, Rex became an excellent marksman.

Rex lost his wife, Mildred, on April 10, 1978.

On Nov. 18, 1979, Rex married his present wife, Pearl EDWARDS FOWLER. She was a loving and devoted wife. They loved to travel and spent many happy winters in Texas. Pearl spent countless hours by his side when Rex was ill in the nursing home. Rex loved to get together with his brothers for daily coffee at the cafes in town.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred; his daughter, Dorothy MOSIER; two grandchildre, Valerie MOSIER and David GUTHLAND, and two brothers, Duane and Jim SICKELS.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Pearl; son-in-law, Dick MOSIER; son John and wife Juanita; son Samuel and wife Eveylyn; daughter Belle and husband, Bob GUTHLAND; son Leland and wife, Merylin; daughter Kay and husband, Cliff MOSIER; and daughter Martha and husband, Robert PALMER; two step-chilren, Rex FOWLER and Sue Alice MAKI; 31 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two aunts, Della KORN and Susie BRUNDAGE; six brothers, Cecil, Lester, Roy, Deane, Earl and Don SICKELS; two sisters, Cleta PYLE and Viona SANDAGE, and numerous other relatives and friends.

POEM

God saw Dad getting weary,
He did what He thought best.
He put His arms around him,
and whispered, "Come and rest."
The golden gate stood open,
He could no longer stay,
and with farewells "unspoken,"
Dad gently passed away.

Funeral services were held September 30, 1987, from the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home at Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Pastor Phil KINTON. Music was provided by Mike GREENE, Mrs. Gary BICKERS and Mrs. Roger TRULLINGER.

Casketbearers were Gene KARR, Wayne PEW, Rick STULL, Jeff SICKELS, Rex GUTHLAND and Richard ELMER. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012

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