Jan Vandegrift Sickel, 74, of Markham, passed away on March 3, 2021 at his home.
He was born on January 7, 1947, in Fairfax, late John and Gertrude Sickel and grew up in Manassas.
After graduating from Osbourn High School in Manassas, he served in the U. S. Coast Guard in Greenland during the Vietnam War. He returned to Virginia and began a career with the Arlington County Police Department, retiring because of an injury. \He loved farming and building things. He went on to start Sickel Construction Company, serving Northern Virginia, along with having a successful beef cattle/hay operation, with much help from the love of his life, Nancy, first in Haymarket and eventually settling in Markham.
With a heart built for giving, he served as a volunteer firefighter in Prince William County, rising through the ranks to become assistant chief at both Gainesville and Evergreen volunteer fire departments, as well as being a charter member of the Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department. He served as president of the Prince William/Fairfax Farm Bureau and the Leeds and Marshall Ruritan Clubs, and on the board of the Front Royal Southern States.
He found his true calling with the Lord later in life and attended Duke Divinity becoming ordained and serving as minister at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in The Plains and then as pastor of The Plains Baptist Church until his death. He also served as chaplain for Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Charlie Ray Fox Jr.
In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by his son, John (Kim), and was stepfather to Brett and Brenda. His grandchildren were the light of his life, and he leaves behind Ryan, Mason, Gabby, Drew and Anna.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth.
Services will be private for his family.
Jan wished that any memorial giving would be directed to the organizations that were near and dear to his heart: The Plains Baptist Church, P.O. Box 186, The Plains, Va. 20198; Marshall Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 262, Marshall, Va. 20116, or Leeds Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 2, Hume, Va. 22639.
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com