Edwin E. Van Sickle, age 87, a longtime resident of the Colville area, passed away on July 14, 2011. He was born on May 30, 1924 in Fillmore, Utah, the son of Everett and Clara (Russell) Van Sickle.
Ed met his wife of 58 years, Viola (Lindgren) Van Sickle, when they were about 12-years-old, living in Colville. They were married Oct. 23, 1943 in Kent and lived in the Kent and Auburn areas where they raised their five children.
Mr. Van Sickle served in the Navy during World War II from 1944-1946. He worked as an auto mechanic at Scarff Motors in Auburn, then later at Bowen Scarff Ford in Kent. He and his partner and long-time friend, Bill Lanway, opened their own business in 1970, Kent General Auto Repair.
He retired in 1979 and he and Vi moved back to Colville with their youngest son, Don Van Sickle. Ed enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and being outdoors. He was a talented mechanic and could build or make just about anything.
He and Vi began spending winters in Yuma, AZ in 1993. He loved going places in his motor home and continued driving to Arizona every year since then. He had many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola, in 2001.
Survivors include his children, Sharon and Darvin Brown, Shelton; Chuck and Gloria Van Sickle, Kent; Steve Van Sickle and Cindy Shockley, Auburn; Shirley and Ben Albertson, Grants Pass, OR; Don and Susi Van Sickle, Colville; 12 grand¬children and 11 great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; his sister, Paulette Penney, Redmond, and his companion of seven years, Georgia Seymour and their dog, Missy.
A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20 at 3 p.m. at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville.
A reception will follow at the house.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.
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