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Richard A. Sickinger

May 19, 1943 — June 5, 2024


Richard “Dick” A. Sickinger, age 81 of Gilman, passed away at Aspirus Medford Hospital on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. He was born on May 19, 1943 to the late Mark and Frieda (Griep) Sickinger in Manitowoc. Dick was united in marriage to Earline Retzlaff on August 22, 1965 at First German Lutheran Church in Manitowoc. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Cornell, WI.

A proud veteran, Dick served his country with honor in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1967. His dedication extended beyond his military service, as he immersed himself in his business ventures and community involvement. Dick was the owner and operator of Fox River Bait and Tackle for almost three decades. Additionally, he served as the District Manager for Speedway, leaving a lasting impact on those he worked with.
His hobbies reflected his love for the outdoors and nature. An avid hunter and fisherman, Dick was a member of Walleyes for Tomorrow, where he shared his passion for conservation and environmental stewardship. Whether wielding a fishing rod or an axe, he found joy in the simplicity of nature, often spending his days chopping wood on his land and relishing moments with his grandchildren.
Dick's life was defined by his unwavering commitment to his family, his country, and his community. He was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cornell, WI, where he found solace and community.


He is survived by his sons, Jack (Beth) Sickinger and Mark (Sarah) Sickinger; grandchildren, Rachel (Evan) Korthals and Griffin Sickinger; sister, Dianne (Tom) Nass; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Sickinger and Jeannine (Dennis) Forsberg. He is further survived by nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Earline Sickinger; infant daughter, Chris; brother, Dan Sickinger.


A private service will take place for family and friends to attend.


Dick’s family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the staff of Aspirus Medford Hospital for the compassionate care provided to him.

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