MISSOULA - Homer D. Sickels, 92, of Missoula, passed away Sunday Feb. 8, 2009, at St. Patrick Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born near Wolf Point, Nov. 28, 1916 to Guy and Verga Sickels.
Homer was raised on a farm in the Wolf Point area where he worked as a farm and ranch hand, after completing the eighth grade.
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In 1939, Homer married Olive McCartney in Wolf Point. There he worked on the Fort Peck Dam. They then moved to the Bitterroot Valley, but when the war started they moved to Bremerton, Wash., where Homer worked in the Puget Sound Navy Yard. After the war, they moved to Missoula where they owned and operated several service stations, including Sickels Texaco at Broadway and Madison. In 1969, they built and operated the Crossroads Truck Center at the Wye until Homer sold it and retired in 1977.
Homer and Olive enjoyed many years traveling the country in their RVs. Homer also enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting and water skiing.
Homer was preceded in death by his wife Olive; granddaughter Shonda Eder; his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by three daughters, Judy (Charles) Larson of Hamilton, Carol (Hale) Williams of Missoula and Sandie Sickels of Phoenix; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Corvallis Cemetery. A Memorial Service will follow at 1 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory, with the Rev. Chris Flohr officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Missoula United Way or the donor's choice.