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Donald A. “Doc” Sickmeyer

d. March 11, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald A. “Doc” Sickmeyer, age 93, of the Lodge in Manito, IL formerly of Chester, IL.  Doc passed away peacefully on Friday, March 11, 2022 at Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Illinois surrounded by his dear wife and five children.

Doc was born October 16, 1928 in Sparta, Illinois to Adolph and Selma (Vieregge) Sickmeyer.  He married the love of his life, Evelyn Williams on December 18, 1954 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO.

Mourning his passing are his wife of 67 years, Evelyn; children, Lynda (Dave) Mayberry, Shelley (Tony) Caiazzo, Timothy (Leslie) Sickmeyer, James (Genie) Sickmeyer, and David (Lisa) Sickmeyer; Grandchildren: John Sickmeyer, Justin Turner, Erica Attebery, Tyler Sickmeyer, Joshua Sickmeyer, Jordan Mayberry, Kelsey Sickmeyer, and Jonathan Sickmeyer, plus 18 Great-grandchildren.

Doc graduated from Chester High School in 1946. He served for the U.S. Air Force from 1948 until 1952 as a Buck Sergeant where he was stationed in Panama and served as a guard for the post and a trumpet player in the 776 Air Force Band in Panama.  He later went on to graduate from Logan College of Chiropractic.

He was a Doctor of Chiropractic in Chester, IL for 44 years before retiring in 2000.  He was a pioneer in the use of the Activator type of treatment and was advanced proficiency rated.  He also was certified as a radiologist and in acupuncture.

Doc was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chester, Illinois, former member of the Chester Lion’s Club , former committeeman for the Randolph County Ducks Unlimited Chapter, and the American Legion.  He was also a member of the Illinois Chiropractic Society.

Doc loved the outdoors and was an avid bass and crappie fisherman who also enjoyed duck, squirrel and quail hunting.  He also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes.  Doc was an avid trumpet player and played with the Chester Muni Band for many years.  He enjoyed playing cards with “the boys” at Hardees in Chester and carried that tradition to his new home in Manito.  “Don’t I Know You?”  was Doc’s favorite introduction, but he really didn’t need that line, as he knew so many wonderful people.

One of “Doc’s” favorite past-times was watching his beloved Cardinal baseball team. He never missed a game, knew every player, yelled at the coaches from his chair, and cheered them on through every game.  He recently attended a game and was able to go onto the field and then enjoy the game from an air-conditioned skybox.

But of all of his accomplishments, he was most proud to tell people of his love for the Lord.  He was a loving servant which persisted all the way to the end of his earthly life.

A visitation will be held on Saturday April 30, 2022 from 10:00 AM until time of the celebration of life at 11:00 AM at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, IL.  Private graveside services will be held immediately after the services.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lodge in Manito, IL; St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chester, IL or the Chester Muni Band.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Doc was very supportive of my ministry at Saint Johns Ev. Lutheran Church in Chester. He will be missed. Prayers for a Evelyn and the family. May we all find hope and peace in Jesus’ promises about the Resurrection.

  2. Mrs Sickmeyer and family,
    It was with great sadness that I read of Docs passing. He always treated everyone with utmost dignity and care. He was highly instrumental in my good health. I pray you have peace and comfort in the days ahead. He is greatly missed.

  3. I was saddened when I read of the passing of Doc Sickmeyer. My deepest condolences go out to the entire family.
    I don’t know if he remembered me or not, but I had the pleasure of seeing him in Chester a few years back. I was able to tell him how his generosity and kindness had influenced the direction of my life in ways he would never understand. Doc taught me many life lessons as a young man. I owe him and Eveyln more than I could ever repay. May the entire family find peace and comfort.

  4. Dave, so sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad sounds like an amazing person, and I know you will miss him. Keep your memories close in your heart, and know that you and your entire family are in my prayers during this difficult time. Praying for peace in your hearts as you say goodbye.

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