After a long, and sometimes tortuous battle, Glenn Sicklesteel, surrounded by family and friends, transcended this life into death on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.
Glenn was born Oct. 23, 1935 in Riverside, Calif., to Lelah and Charles Sicklesteel. His parents and siblings, Ken and Charlene, preceded him in death.
As Glenn grew up, his interest in the outdoors grew. Later, as a boy in Woodside, Calif., Glenn often hiked the woods, fishing and hunting with a boyhood buddy.
In 1956 he joined the Air Force and became a survival instructor for his four-year service commitment. Many of the close relationships he developed among this unique body of men continue to this day.
Glenn married and, with his first wife, had a son, Jeff Sicklesteel, who was by his side during the last few days of Glenn’s life. Jeff survives his father, with his wife, Janelle; as well as grandchildren Jason and Julie and their spouses; and great-grandson Joshua.
In 1985, Glenn and Pamela met and quickly became inseparable. So, Glenn is also survived by his step-children Elizabeth Nave and her spouse David, and Bill Hayes; grandchildren Megan Bryant, Megan Hayes, and Pamela Nave; and great-grandchildren Kloey and Alexis.
Glenn and Pamela were avid nature photographers and spent all their leisure time involved in the activity, sometimes entertaining with musical slide shows and exhibits of their work; as well as motivating and sharing secrets with other amateur photographers on trips planned and executed by the Sicklesteels, under the name of Photo Experience.
With a strong desire to live closer to the wildlife, Glenn and Pamela fled the city life, abandoning all recognizable forms of livelihood, and with no plans and fewer expectations, began a new lifestyle in Garberville. It may have been more difficult than imagined, but there were never any regrets.
Glenn worked for the Branscomb Center, in sales, and later for the Life & Times, where Pamela also worked. The jobs offered a jump start in getting to know their new community members. They felt they had made the right decision. In 1996, Glenn launched Kettenpom Enterprises and with Pamela began the production of a monthly Real Estate Guide. Along the way they found a great deal of satisfaction and fun producing the Redwood Run magazine, attending the event in order to shoot photos for the next year’s magazine. Glenn jumped at the opportunity to reproduce the Avenue of the Giants brochure for the Chamber of Commerce.
In the meantime, the couple had acquired their own piece of paradise in the warm and friendly community of Kettenpom in southern Trinity County, just a short hour from their customers. Thus, they were able to live the life they had dreamed. With this new lifestyle, Glenn became involved with creating and developing a volunteer fire department with members of this active community. To say he found his passion with this project, is an understatement. It touched his heart and soul.
Glenn is also survived by his sister-in-law Shay and by his many nieces and nephews, who have immeasurable love and respect for him.
Glenn is survived by his wife Pamela, who misses him greatly and will cherish his love for the rest of her life.
A memorial to celebrate Glenn’s life will be held Saturday, July 25, at noon at the KZV Hall, across the road from the Kettenpom Store. Glenn would wish, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to his beloved Kettenpom Zenia Volunteers, Zenia, CA 95595.