William G. Van Sickle

October 11, 2021 | Wilmington, DE

William G. Van Sickle, of Wilmington, DE passed away October 11, 2021.

Our Father has touched so many lives over his nearly 81 years. He was one of the kindest, most gentle and giving men we have ever known. His compassion, faith, love and understanding were only superseded by his mischievous jovial and otherwise silly nature. His lasting memory is no more evident than through his loving family. Bill is survived by his wife, Gerry A. Van Sickle; sons, Michael, Chris and Mark; daughters-in-law, Lori, Joan and Bridget; grandchildren, Caitlin, Taylor, Daniel and his wife, Kelly, Brett and his wife, Molly, Carley, Christopher, Leo; and Gabriel; great grandchildren, Emma, Logan, Andrew, Evan, Ali and Payton; along with countless other friends and family.  Being young when becoming a grandfather, he asked to be called “Mr. Billy” by his grandchildren. Grandpa, Gramps, Granddad simply didn’t fit his personality ….

Mr. Billy was one of the most spiritual people we have ever known and was never shy about his love for Jesus Christ. His love for Jesus was only matched by his love for Gerry! Their marriage was one that few can equal as they married at young ages, traveled and lived across the United States and even had a stint in Germany. During their life together, our parents never lost sight of what mattered most to them, FAMILY.

Mr. Billy had so many diverse work experiences over his lifetime, U. S. Army Captain, E.I. DuPont Medical Products Director, Cutler Camera Store Manager, part time Methodist Minister, Magazine and Online Sales for Calico Corners and Mike’s favorite job was his volunteer assistance in running Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

Mr. Billy had a passion for languages as he was fluent in Spanish and German. He used these skills during his time in the Army Intelligence. He loved sports and encouraged his sons to participate in football (much to the dismay of Gerry), basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, and even wrestling. He had a great ability to make things look easy, wood working being one of them. Chris fell in love with skateboarding and Bill found a way to create custom skateboards for him to ride, they were very COOL. He was so generous with his time while his sons were involved in Cub Scouts, YMCA football and basketball. Bill was a team coach and proud parent supporting whatever his sons were involved in.

Bill, Dad, Mr. Billy, you are missed more than you could ever know and please know that your love for family has never been more evident and strengthened in your passing. We know you’re smiling down on us with appreciation and admiration. Heaven certainly received another angel. Thanks for 80 plus great years.

A Visitation will be held Friday, October 22, 2021 from 10am to 11am at Brandywine Valley Funeral Care, 412 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809, where a Memorial Service will begin at 11am. All attending will be required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Admittance will be regulated. Burial will be private.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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  1. We will cherish Bill’s memory for his love, generosity, caring and teasing personality; and sincere dedication to serving Jesus and studying the Bible. We miss him and pray that God will continue to bless his soulmate “Honey” and his entire family.

    Joan and Herb Lambert, Friends always | October 15, 2021 at 2:58 PM
  2. Bill was a very close friend. He was a helping servant to others. Whenever I was in need, Bill was there. I will miss our telephone conversations.

    John Wilson | October 16, 2021 at 10:27 AM
  3. What a beautiful tribute to Mr. Van Sickle. Sending my deepest condolences for your loss Mark.

    Susan (Hertzenberg) Hendrich

    Susan Hendrich | October 16, 2021 at 6:06 PM
  4. Honey and family, Bill was a good friend always there and caring. We are sorry for your loss. Bob and Carol Williamson, Chester Bethel

    Carol Williamson | October 17, 2021 at 12:35 PM
  5. I am so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Bill sang in my choir at Chester Bethel with my husband in the tenor section and it was a laugh a minute with those 2 together. We are delighted to know that Bill has gone on to his heavenly reward after a faith filled life serving God wherever he went. Our deepest sympathies to Honey.
    In Christ,
    Barbara and Navy Jones

    Barbara Jones | October 18, 2021 at 1:05 PM
  6. The most beautiful things in life are not things. They are very special people, places and memories.. Mr. Billy you have touched so many lives with your abundance of kindness. 💕You may not be with us, but you are with us in spirit❤️. thanks for being an AWESOME father-in-law💕 YOU are truly missed by so many🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

    Joan Van Sickle | October 18, 2021 at 6:07 PM
  7. Most simply said, to know my Cousin Billy from Texas was to love him. He was always kind, gentle, smart, talented, and hilarious. We loved him and loved our time with him. He will be greatly missed. Our love to all of the family and know we share in your loss.

    Beverly and David Wolf | October 19, 2021 at 5:57 AM
  8. May God Bless his Soul, He was a great family Man and loved his Lexus, it was amy pleasure to have helped him with his car service for over 20 years. May be Rest In Peace.

    George Shaer | October 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM

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