Kenneth L. “Kenny” VanSickle, 85, of New Philadelphia, Ohio passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at the Truman House Community Hospice following complications from Covid-19 pneumonia.
Kenny was born on May 31, 1935 in Canton, Ohio, the son of the late Robert VanSickle and Mary Ann (Sterling) VanSickle Popham.
A 1953 graduate of New Philadelphia High School, he joined the National Guard as a high school senior. He honorably served as 1st Sgt. of the 1484th Transportation Co. (Dover, OH) and retired as CSM of the 112th Transportation Battalion with a total of 34 years of service. He was a Blue Lodge Mason for over 50 years.
He was well known throughout the community as a New Phila firefighter for nearly 29 years. Kenny was also an electrician at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds for 40 years. He was the first EMT instructor in the county.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Augusta (Gussie) Ensley VanSickle of 52 w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l years. Together they raised seven children, Lisa (Joel) Watson, Lori, Bob Korns, Tony (Georgie) Korns, John Korns, Mary (Randy) Yonally and Russ (Amy) Korns. He enjoyed spending time with his nine grandchildren, James, Alex (Nate), Molly (Cruz), Hunter, Katy (Patrick), Brandon (Jenna), Julianna, Tucker and Madison as well as eight great grandchildren, Tyson, Grace, Zac, Finleigh, Jax, Kenny, William and James.
In addition to his parents, Kenny was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby and Chuck VanSickle.
Chaplain Brian Flood will officiate funeral services celebrating Kenny’s life on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 beginning at 11am in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory at Dover. Cremation will follow with inurnment with military honors at a later date in the Dover Burial Park. Friends will be received Friday, Jan. 15 from 1-3pm in the funeral home. Masonic services will be Friday at 12:30pm. Because of Covid-19, all necessary precautions will be followed including the requirement of masks and social distancing. Those unable to attend or who may wish to express a fond memory of Kenny can sign the online guestbook by visiting the funeral home website at www.tolandherzig.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice (Truman) House, 716 Commercial Ave., S.W., New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.