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Norman Jon VanSickle

February 20, 1944 ~ March 4, 2019 (age 75)


Norman Van Sickle passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.  He was born February 20, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan to Evelyn and Frank Van Sickle.  He was the youngest of 4 boys.  He grew up in Adrian, Michigan. Funeral services are under the direction of Reynolds & Sons Funeral Services in Collinsville.

After graduating from Adrian High School, Norman joined the Air Force and spent most of his time stationed in Okinawa.  After being discharged from the Air Force, he continued his interest in airplanes and got his A&P license through Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He became an aircraft line mechanic for American Airlines in Detroit, Michigan and later transferred to the American Airlines maintenance facility in Tulsa.  He became a maintenance supervisor, but left American in 1997 to work as a manager of aircraft maintenance for Fed Ex in Memphis, Tennessee.  After retiring in 2007, Norman and his wife, Jane, moved back to Oklahoma and took up residency in Collinsville. 

For many years, Norman loved taking photographs.  He turned his hobby into a profession after retirement.  He attended TCC to learn all he could about photography and became a photographer with the Collinsville Times Star newspaper.  He loved his job and especially the People he came into contact with.  The Collinsville Cardinals became his passion!  He also loved taking photos for the City of Collinsville and many other events around the area.  Calling his photography business, Vanco Photography, he fulfilled his passion!

Norman is survived by his wife, Jane, of Collinsville, his daughter, Sarah Van Sickle and partner Mike Boothe of Hendersonville, NC; brother Jack and wife Ginny of Onstead, MI; brother Larry and wife Carole of Florence, OR; brother Keith and wife Victoria of White Lake, MI. He has two grandchildren, Justin Taylor of Charlotte, NC, and Emma Boothe of Hendersonville, NC.  He also has many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

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