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Thomme Van Sickle


Thomme Van Sickle, went to meet his lord and Savior in the early morning hours of April 12, 2022, at Mercy One Hospice in Johnston.


Thomme has experienced many challenges in his life, but through them all he remained a happy and kindhearted person. He was a hard worker, he loved to be busy with hands on projects. He enjoyed mowing grass and taking care of the lawn. When he lived in Knoxville, he became infatuated with racing and he knew the cars and the drivers. In 2015, he had the honor of taking a ride around the track in #88, driven by Dale Earnhart Jr. He enjoyed painting and finishing wood signs and yard ornaments. Later in life he loved going fishing with Dave, his Host Home provider. The last five years with Brenda and Dave have been the happiest time of his life. He lived in the country, where he loved to watch wildlife from the window or the deck. You could find him down by the chicken coop just watching the chickens.


Thomme will be missed by his friends he met along the way, especially his host home family, and their children and families, also Jay, who grew to love him, and was there to help when the going got hard for Thomme. Holidays were very special and fun for Thomme, they included him as family, for all their celebrations.


Thomme was born May 1, 1954, to Oron and Marguerite Van Sickle, in Altoona, Iowa. Left to cherish his memory are his brothers Don, and Randy, of Des Moines, sisters Donis Cariglino (Alfonso), of Des Moines, and Kathy Chandler, of Springfield, MO.


Thomme is preceded in death by his parents, and two of his brothers, Michael, and Dennis, and his brother-in-law Raymond Chandler.


A funeral will be October 14, 2022, 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Road, Des Moines. Thomme will be buried next to his brother Dennis, in Oralabor Cemetery in Ankeny.


I want to thank the many people who have cared for Thomme all his life. I want to especially thank Vodec, Mosaic, and Link Associates for all they do for the intellectually challenged. Most of all our love goes out to Brenda and Dave Cassidy for the love they had for our brother. To see the joy on his face when we came to visit, was more than words could ever say.