Charles Ray Van Sickle, 83, of Wooster passed away Saturday August 8, 2020 at Crystal Care Center of Ashland, OH. Ray was born October 11th, 1936 at home to the late Glen F. Van Sickle and Florence (Everhart) Van Sickle. Ray was baptized, confirmed, and raised in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Millersburg, OH.
Ray was a graduate of Millersburg High School, Home of the Spartans. While in school Ray excelled at sports. He was a 4-year Letterman in Football, played Basketball and ran Track where he qualified for the Clyde Relays. He played Legion Baseball in the summer and spent many hours swimming, roller-skating and ice skating. Along with tinkering with his “infamous” car named “Mogaten-6”. Ray was a huge fan of the Indianapolis 500 races, as well as Cleveland’s Indians and Browns. Ray was employed by Van’s Confectionery, Van’s Newspaper services, Millerburg Tire, Flxible Co., Apple Creek State Hospital, where he was a trained Psychiatric Aid, Diebold, Well Worth and retired from Gertenschlagers of Wooster.
Ray was married to Gaynell (Gay) Baab, who preceded him in death, with whom he had his children, Sharon (Vaughn) Barnett, Charles Ray Van Sickle II, Pamela (Greg) Crawford, and Mike Van Sickle. All of the Wooster area. Ray was later re-married to Mary (Red) Gogar until her death after 21 years of marriage.
Along with his three children, Ray is survived by three grandsons, Charles Ray III, Teddy Van Sickle and Michael Snyder. As well as two great grandsons, Bishop Snyder and Charles Ray IV. Brother Rchard Van Sickle of Loudonville, sisters, Patricia Stephan of West Lafayette, OH, Linda (Bob) Boyd of Kidron, OH, and Lydia (Walter) Ramseyer of Millersburg, OH. Brother-in-law, Michael Schmid of Millersburg, OH and sister-in-law, Pat Van Sickle of Bakersfield, CA. Ray is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Along with his parents, wives and daughter, Pam, he is preceded by his infant brother, Glendon, brothers, Robert Van Sickle, Albert (Tommy) Van Sickle, sisters Judy (Ray) Lawter, and Sandy Schmid, brother-in-law, Kenneth Stephan and four nephews.
In death, as in life, Ray always thought of others first, so his final wishes were to have his remains donated to Medical Research, and he did not wish to have calling hours or services. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Crystal Care Center and the caring people of Hospice.
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