John “Warren” Sickles, 94, of Winfield, passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 5, 2019, at Cumbernauld Village.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Burial will follow in New Salem Cemetery.
Memorials have been established in Warren’s name for Flint Hills Christian Camp and Chimila Mission. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
John, or “Wid” as most people in the community knew him, was born on May 23, 1925 to Benjamin Elijah and Edna Luvada (McBeth) Sickles on the family farm one mile north of New Salem. He was the youngest of seven children. His father died when Warren was 2, and he and his siblings were raised by their widowed mother. From a very young age, Warren and his brothers and sisters learned to work on the farm and as part of the family. God, work and family were the center of Warren’s life. He was raised in the New Salem community and educated at New Salem School, later attending Winfield High School. Warren had to leave high school during his junior year to help his mother run the family farm when his brothers all went to fight in World War II. Education was important to Warren, and he served on the C-3 school board for several years.
Warren married Gloria L. Dunnell on Oct. 17, 1954, at the home of Gloria’s parents in Mulvane. The couple made their first home on the family farm with Warren’s mother and continued to help her run the farm. Eventually the couple moved one mile east of New Salem, where they raised their six children and farmed until they “retired” from farming in 1976 and moved to Woodland Park, Colo., to “live their dream.” Warren drove a school bus in Woodland Park and worked as a mechanic for the bus barn. He was an active member of the Woodland Park Lions Club. Warren and Gloria retired in 1986 and returned to their farm just east of New Salem.
After returning to their farm, Warren resumed limited farming and served the community as a member of the Timber Creek Watershed Board and the New Salem Township Board. In addition to farming and community service, Warren loved bowling. He bowled in a bowling league for most of his adult life, while living in both Kansas and Colorado. Many of his closest friends were his “bowling buddies,” and many of his fondest and funniest tales included their exploits. Warren and Gloria sold their farm in 2018 and moved to Winfield.
Soon after Warren and Gloria married, Warren became a member of the Church of Christ. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Winfield, as well as the Church of Christ in Woodland Park, where he served as a deacon and as a Bible class teacher. Warren was much loved by his church family. Many of the young people in the congregation and friends of the Sickles’ children affectionately called him “Pop Sickles.”
Warren was a hardworking, Christian man who provided a strong example for his family and friends. He was always willing to help a neighbor in need and believed in living his faith. He was a faithful Christian husband, who loved his wife Gloria dearly.
In addition to his parents, Warren was preceded in death by two sons, James Todd Sickles, and John Benjamin Sickles; three sisters, Helen Rising, Thelma Sickles, and Edna Louise Wilson; and three brothers, Benjamin K. Sickles, Harley Sickles, and Gale Sickles.
Warren is survived by his wife, Gloria L. Sickles, of Winfield; his son, Jeffery W. Sickles, of Larned; three daughters, Janet Butler and husband, Norman, of Burden, Jill DeRose, of Denver, and Jane Smith and husband, Christopher, of Winfield; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.