OBITUARY

James Lee Sickles

May 3, 1942January 9, 2021
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James Lee Sickles, age 78 of DeWitt, Michigan passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home. He was born May 3, 1942 in Lansing, Michigan the son of Rollo and Donna (Tupper) Sickles. Jim served his country in the U.S. Army from January of 1962 to December of 1963. In 1963 he began working for General Motors and worked there until he became active in the UAW from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. The love of his life was his wife, Roberta with whom he did everything. Together they traveled, spent time at their cabin on the lake, loved visiting casinos and from 1997 to 2019, spent winters in Florida. Jim also enjoyed golfing in his spare time. His faithful dog, Roxy brought him great joy and companionship. He is survived by his daughter, Diane (Tom) Quinn; son, James (Michele) Sickles; daughter, Sara (Dennis) Wilcox; 8 grandchildren, Amber Spence, Jesse (Kim) Sickles, Kayla (Chad) Thum, Kyle Wilcox, Corbin Sickles, Cobe Wilcox, Lyric Wilcox and Andre Wilcox; 4 great-grandchildren, Annabelle Spence, Colt, Josie and Reagan Thum; brother, Ronald (Dee) Sickles. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Roberta Sickles and his parents, Rollo and Donna Sickles. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing, Michigan. A 2:30 pm Graveside Service will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing, Michigan. Memorial Contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice in James’ honor. On-line condolences for the family may be made at www.grlansing.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Amber Spence
  • Jesse Sickles
  • Kayla Thum
  • Corbin Sickles
  • Cobe Wilcox
  • Kyle Wilcox
  • DONATIONS

  • McLaren Hospice

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, January 18, 2021

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Linda Horne

January 18, 2021

So very sad. I have so many fond memories of Jim. He was like my big brother. My earliest memories include Jimmy. I spent my first four years as his little cousin and pesky neighbor. Dinner nearly everyday at uncle Roudy and aunt Donna's table. My second family. Jim would take me to the movies at Northtown Theater and carry me home because I was too tired to walk.
Didn't like it when he was in Golden Gloves because I couldn't watch him get hit. I cried the only time I saw him in the boxing ring. Never went back to another boxing event and pleaded with him to give up boxing.
During my teenage years, I spent many a day skiing with Jim and family at Lake George. Wonderful times!!
Rest in peace dear "Jimmy". My mom always called him her little Jimmy.
Until we meet again, I will always carry you in my heart.

Diane Quinn

January 15, 2021

My heart is broken. I have lost the most wonderful father in the world. Dad, you found Mom and I, when I was only seven years old. You gave us such a beautiful life. For that, I will always be eternally greatful. My Peace, is knowing that, you and Mom have found each other, once again. All my love forever, Diane💕

David Childs

January 15, 2021

Many,many,many memories. Deer hunting, times at Lake George. Trips to the Music Box at Houghton Lake, the Dells, dances at the union hall, riding on motor cycle, and lots of times spent with our mutual friends from North Lansing including sleep overs at your home on Ash street. Thank you for all of our times together.. Other things I will only share in our memories.
You will be remembered and missed. Dave Childs !

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Phyllis Pickens

January 14, 2021

My condolences to your Family. I was a secretary in the Region 1-C Office when Jim was an International Representative and had the privilege of working for Jim for several years. His dedication to his job was par excellence. Not only was he my boss, but a great friend.
May God Bless and comfort your family in your time of sorrow.

Phyllis Pickens

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Biography

James Lee Sickles, age 78 of DeWitt, Michigan passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home. He was born May 3, 1942 in Lansing, Michigan the son of Rollo and Donna (Tupper) Sickles. Jim served his country in the U.S. Army from January of 1962 to December of 1963. In 1963 he began working for General Motors and worked there until he became active in the UAW from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. The love of his life was his wife, Roberta with whom he did everything. Together they traveled, spent time at their cabin on the lake, loved visiting casinos and from 1997 to 2019, spent winters in Florida. Jim also enjoyed golfing in his spare time. His faithful dog, Roxy brought him great joy and companionship. He is survived by his daughter, Diane (Tom) Quinn; son, James (Michele) Sickles; daughter, Sara (Dennis) Wilcox; 8 grandchildren, Amber Spence, Jesse (Kim) Sickles, Kayla (Chad) Thum, Kyle Wilcox, Corbin Sickles, Cobe Wilcox, Lyric Wilcox and Andre Wilcox; 4 great-grandchildren, Annabelle Spence, Colt, Josie and Reagan Thum; brother, Ronald (Dee) Sickles. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Roberta Sickles and his parents, Rollo and Donna Sickles.