January 01, 1946 ‒ May 03, 2017
BELLVILLE: Ralph E. Sickles, 71, of Bellville passed away unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack while working near Olympia, Washington.
The son of Jack and Helen (Mowry) Sickles, Ralph was born January 1, 1946 in Bellefontaine, Ohio and was graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1964.
Hard working, Ralph was a railroad conductor for 42 years, retiring from CSX. He continued working part time as a contracted flagman for NRSS.
He was a Mason and enjoyed antique cars and going to local car shows. Ralph loved playing cards especially euchre, picking berries, asparagus, grilling, canning and baking pies, as well as woodworking.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Vera Sickles of Bellville; children Scott Sickles of Mansfield, Terri (Russ) Howell of Westerville, Lee (Alex) Sickles of Bellville, and Susan Sickles of Columbus; grandchildren Eric, Joshua, Emily, Elijah, Isaiah, Peyton, Brooklyn, and one on the way – Jackson; sister Phyllis Sickles of Tucson, Arizona, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Fred Sickles of Huntsville.
A memorial gathering will be in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. His family will receive friends Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the funeral home from 5-7 pm. A graveside service will be at 11am, Friday in Highland Memorial Cemetery in West Liberty, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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