Vinton—Russell (John) Stickels, 70, died in his sleep Monday, November 28, 2016. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2016, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vinton.
Russell W. (John) Stickels, Jr. was born April 27, 1946 in Vinton, the son of Russell W. Stickels, Sr. and Cora Davis Stickels. John grew up and attended school in Vinton. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1969. On May 1, 1971 he married Sheila Baker in Vinton. John drove truck for Coots Materials for over twenty years, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed computers and puttering around in his garage/workshop but he loved time spent with his grandchildren above all else.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sheila, Vinton; his two sons, Ross (Rachael Gregory) Stickels and Jody (McKenzie) Stickels and their children, Tristan and Hunter, all of Vinton; daughter, Janet Tramill, MA; sisters, Billie Jans, Traer, and Dixie (Jack) Wayson, Vinton and special friend, Dave Pates, Vinton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie La Vonn Johnson and brother, Charles Stickels.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is caring for John and his family. Condolences may be left at