Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


œTogether Again Gene Ickes, 89, of Chester Township passed away on August 26, 2021 at LifeCare Hospice following an extended illness.
Gene was born to Roy and Ida Ickes in Lattasburg, OH and remained his entire life in Wayne County.   He married Doris Lowe in 1951.   He enjoyed participating, coaching and watching his children and grandchildren in sports. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.     Gene was employed for over 20 years at Rubbermaid.
He is survived by his children Sharon of Green Valley, AZ, Steve (Renee) of Mansfield, TX, and Rick (Cathy) of Avon Lake, OH; grandchildren Kristi (Nathan) Garrison, Kyle (Becky) Ickes, Ben Ickes, Amy Kaylor, Katie (Devin) Breckbill, Jeff (Emily) Ickes, Tim (Mia) Ickes, Anara Ickes, Lacey Ickes and Salaya Ickes;. 12 Great Grandchildren; and a sister, Lois (John) Nolletti.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents; wife; children Randy (Mary) and Sandra; brother Jim, Ickes; sisters Janet (Bill) Kline and Betty (Homer) Phillips.
There will be a private graveside service for family at Fairhaven Cemetery on Saturday September 4.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to St. Jude ™s Children ™s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
œThe family requests that in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to St. Jude ™s Children ™s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. Sharon, Steve and Rick
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Gene was such a kind man and always had a smile. He will be dearly missed by all.

  2. Gene was an inspiration to me when I worked with him at Rubbermaid. He took me under his wing and taught me a great deal about the business. Gene was a friend who would do anything for you. Steve and I became good friends over the years do to Gene introducing us. All our best to Steve, Rick and Sharon.

    Ron and Sara Smith

  3. Steve and Family,
    SO sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I remember him well coaching our baseball teams and following us in high school and encouraging us on. You are in our prayers.
    Roger and Lesley McKinstry

  4. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. I enjoyed the time spent working with Gene and then with Steve over the years at Rubbermaid.

  5. Deepest sympathies to Gene’s family. Great memories of Gene and Doris as we were raising our families together. This couple were my school friends many years ago. Gene’s parents had the store in Lattasburg and they had one of the few TV’s when they were first introduced in the 40’s. Gene often had me come and watch wrestling with him on the TV. Many fond memories. He will be missed.

  6. I am saddened to learn of Gene’s passing.My condolences to his family.

  7. To Sharon Steve and Rick and your families, I have wonderful memories of your Parents @ the Emanuel Church and Gene’s support of all our athletic teams along with Randy and I’s trapping and hunting expeditions. He sure built a couple of nice homes too!
    my sympathy to you all,
    Jim Ladrach

  8. To Sharon, Steve and Rick, Very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I have many great memories of him coaching our baseball teams, Steve. He made it fun! When I think of him, I smile, Prayers are being sent your way.

  9. I remember Gene delivering gasoline to my Dad on the farm when I was a kid at home. Then We went to church with him & Doris at Emanuel church. He would stop and say he had a pie plate in the back seat and to give him a call when it was filled with a ground cherry pie. When he could no longer drive, he would call me and ask me to drop one off to him. He said he cut it in pieces & froze it so it would last longer. He & my dad went coon hunting together too. He will be missed by many.

  10. Rick and Cathy and families
    We are sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. I often saw him taking his daily walk and missed seeing him when he was no longer able to do that. We were blessed to have our dad’s for so long. May your wonderful memories sustain you and give you peace. Hugs and prayers, Joni and Greg


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