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John Thomas Van Sicklen

April 4, 1943 August 1, 2017
John Thomas    Van Sicklen
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Obituary for John Thomas Van Sicklen

John Thomas Van Sicklen, of Commerce Township, died peacefully on August 1, 2017.

John was born on April 4, 1943 in Highland Park, Michigan, the youngest child to parents, Harold “Harry” and Adele Van Sicklen. From a young age, John showed an interest and aptitude for football, and after graduation from Walled Lake Central High School, John studied physical education at Iowa State University and played football where he was an All-American. In 1969, John was blessed with the opportunity to move back to Walled Lake and teach physical education and wood shop at Walled Lake Central High School and coach the Walled Lake Vikings. He retired in 1999. In 2014, John was inducted into the Hall of Fame at both Iowa State University and Walled Lake Central.

In addition to John’s lifelong passion for football and coaching, he was an exceptional father to two sons, Michael and Anthony. He was fair but gentle, always kind and understanding. He had a subtle sense of humor and a calm demeanor. John met Jody Seiler as colleagues at Walled Lake Central High School and married on August 10, 1990 and made their home in Commerce Township. In retirement, John and Jody enjoyed vacationing in Florida, playing golf, and enjoying life together.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joan “Jody” Seiler; his sons, Michael (Elizabeth) and Anthony (Molly); grandchildren, Logan and Alex, Dakota, Eden, Haven and Ella; brother, Dennis (Mary Ann) as well as extended family members and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty Street, Milford on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11 AM, with gathering beginning at 10 AM. Friends may visit the funeral home on Friday, August 4th from 3-8 PM.


For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

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Visitation

Friday

4

Aug

3:00 PM 8/4/2017 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/4/2017 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

5

Aug

11:00 AM 8/5/2017 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States
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