John Andrew Sickel Jr.

March 1, 1952November 21, 2018
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John Sickel, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away the evening of November 21,2018 at the age of 66.

He was born on March 1, 1952 at Pax River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, Maryland. John spent most of his childhood living at China Lake Naval Air Station, later moving to Richardson after his father retired.

John majored in history at the University of Texas in Austin and later attended Law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He began practicing criminal defense and family law in 1982. John served as district attorney in Van Zandt Co. from 1991-1993. John joined the Texas State Guard as a JAG officer in 2009.

John was a kind, loving, wise man who never met a stranger. He took great joy in becoming a master scuba diver, learning to fly a plane at a young age, watching the Dallas Cowboys and being on the sideline, cheering on whichever grandchild was playing on the field. He had endless stories and loved to share with anyone that was willing to listen. John had debatable arguments and believed everyone was truly innocent until proven guilty. He believed everyone deserved a second chance. He loved his family and friends and in turn will greatly be missed.

John is preceded in death by his mother, Sue B. Sickel , Father, John Sickel Sr., late wife, Trena Parrish Sickel, brother, J.D. Cecil, sister, Kathy Farberow, and daughter Morgan Parrish.

John is survived by his wife, Casey Hardin of Canton, stepmother, Trudy Sickel of Houston, cousin, Gates and Pam Moore of Austin, Tx, daughters and son in laws, Jennifer and Andrew Raiden of Lavon, Tx, Madison and Wayland Whitlock of Canton, Tx, Olivia and James Watson of Eustace, Tx, Natalie Holloway and Corey Coates of Pasco, Washington, Son, Ryan Sickel of Canton Tx, sisters and brother in laws, Brandy and Charles Allen of Lavon, Tx, and Linda and Jim Mills of Littleton, Colorado and 15 very special grandchildren.


  • Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018

John Andrew Sickel Jr.

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Rob and Khaki Toups

November 26, 2018

Jennifer, Ryan, Casey, Madison, Natalie, Olivia and all,

We were so shocked and saddened to hear of John’s untimely passing. May your many fond memories bring peace and solace to your hearts. God be with you during this most difficult time and always.

Rob and Khaki

Lance Douglas Gutierrez

November 26, 2018

It's hard to believe how many years have gone by. I remember John being a frequent customer when I worked for my Uncle Edgar at the Soda Fountain of Eagle Drug. I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are for you today. God bless you. (And on behalf of Kay Douglas Etheridge)

Candi Jo Scott

November 24, 2018

Wow!!!! How do I possibly share only 1 favorite memory after 30 plus years of them??? This man was truly one of a kind. One memory that I love is when he would let Jenny & I take the Fiat out to "ride around" in town. We thought we were really something sporting around in that little red convertible. He also ALWAYS bragged about what a great athlete I was, which made my head swell a little. He always let me know that he was proud of me. Honestly, there are way more memories but there is no way I can list them all on here. I am so grateful for every single moment I shared with this family. I am BLESSED to have had such a great roll model in my life and I am thankful that he loved me like I was his own daughter. Thank you all for sharing him with me. I love you all so much!!!!

Candi Jo

Tammy Durgin Wright

November 23, 2018

My favorite memories of John Sickel were during the softball seasons when he and Dad coached our softball team in 8th grade and/ or early high school....I can’t remember exactly when it was. Lol We had the best times and even when we were making mistakes and laughing our butts off, he would just yell “ERRRRORRR” to us across the field and keep on goin’. The friendships we built and the great times we shared will never be forgotten and will always be cherished. Much love to you Jenny and Ryan! I’m so sorry for your loss.