Vincent Dean Sichley, 61, of Montello, NV, passed away March 15, 2012, at his home due to complications of a recently diagnosed esophageal cancer.
He was born August 31, 1950, in St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Oregon, the second of 9 children of Alice and Carl Dean Sichley. He was raised in Portland and surrounding area, but lived most of his adult life in Nevada, working first for Southern Pacific Railroad, then the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Vince loved nature and preferred a rural life. He was an enthusiastic marksman and gun collector, fisherman, hunter, and in his own words, a "horseman." He trained and raised several horses with his sons and participated for several years in the famed "Pony Express Race" of Wells, NV.
Vince took pride in owning several properties in Montello, NV, and had a special devotion to planting trees on them, creating an oasis and what he often referred to as a "wind-break" in the dry desert. Indeed, after years of planting thousands of trees and masterminding their irrigation with limited water, they can be seen via satellite on Google maps.
One of Vince's major enjoyments for many years was to host several of his brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces in Nevada for camping, fishing, motorcycle, four-wheeler and horseback riding.
In the past several years, he was inseparable from his son Wade's dog, Susie. He took her everywhere he went. She will be cared for by his family in Oregon. Vince's friends in Nevada will be hosting a gathering at the Saddle Sore at a later date.
He was preceded in death by his father and three sons, Russell and James Sichley, and Wade Evan Hanstad.
He is survived by, his mother, Alice Sichley of Mt. Angel; son, Hank Sichley of New York; eight siblings, Theresa Kalberer, Bernadette Hamberger, Tony Sichley, Joe Sichley, Mike Sichley, Pat Sichley, Anna McClung and Helen Fetsch, all of Oregon.
Visitation was held Thursday, March 22nd from 1-8pm at Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton, Oregon. Funeral service was held the following morning, Friday, March 23rd, at 11am. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel, (503) 873-5141.