Lenny Walter Van Sickle was born March 7, 1941, in Sapulpa, Okla., to Silvia Marie and Warren Lyle Van Sickle. He passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2018, surrounded by his loving, devoted family after a courageous battle following heart surgery.
Lenny graduated from Sapulpa High School and attended Central State University (now UCO) where he studied music. He was a singer all his life: gospel, choral, barbershop quartet, soloist, and while at Central State sang backup for a well-known recording artist. Later he also was Minister of Music at the Clayton Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla.
During the Vietnam War he served as staff sergeant with the military police in the Army National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. Following his military service most of his civilian career was spent with CRC/Evans Pipeline Equipment Company where he was the purchasing agent.
Lenny enjoyed woodworking and tinkering in his garage. He made furniture and many wooden figures for holiday decorations, some of which can still be seen in his son's and daughter-in-law's front yard every Christmas. After the passing of his wife, Nina, he reacquainted himself with bridge, pool and dominoes which he played at the Edmond Sr. Center. He met Patti Jones there while playing bridge and they were joined together in a commitment ceremony July 25, 2015. An avid sports fan who had coached his son's Little League baseball team to championships, he followed baseball, the OU Sooners and the OKC Thunder, also enjoyed by Patti. They attended concerts and movies and enjoyed eating out, but he particularly enjoyed fishing off the dock at their home, catching bass and crappie. Mike remembers Lenny's love of Star Trek novels when he was younger, but in later years he turned to western novels, mostly written by Louis L'Amour. He was also a lifelong fan of John Wayne movies, watching them many times. He loved animals and always had a cat and/or a dog, currently Valentino and Lily.
Lenny is preceded in death by his parents, Warren Lyle and Silvia Marie (Jones) Van Sickle; sister Shirley (Van Sickle) Ellis; and his wife of fifty years, Nina Mae (Wheeler) Van Sickle.
He is survived by his son, Michael Dean and his wife, Kim Van Sickle and grandsons Coleman Ford Van Sickle and Keaton Carrier Van Sickle, all of Edmond, Okla.; two sisters, Patricia Marie (Van Sickle) Settle and Carolyn S. (Van Sickle) Clark and her husband, Stephen Clark; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving companion of three years, Patricia, (Patti) Jones of Guthrie, Okla.
A special thank you to the wonderful medical team of doctors, nurses, technicians and support group at Oklahoma Heart Hospital-North for their loving care and efforts.
We are all deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful man who was loved for his goodness, integrity and beautiful smile, but we will keep him forever in our hearts. He was a committed Christian and he always knew that when the time came he would go to join his Lord and Saviour.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday March 17, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 E. Danforth Rd., Edmond.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Free to Live Animal Sanctuary, 9150 S. Western Ave., Guthrie, 73044 or American Lung Association.
Published on March 6, 2018