Leonard L. ‘Lenny’ Sanchez of Hawthorne passed peacefully on Feb. 27 in Hawthorne. Born Nov. 9, 1934 in Redlands, Calif. to Alexander M. Sanchez (1898-1950) Sanchez and Laura Voight Sanchez (1905-1970). ‘Lenny’ had seven siblings: Wallace ‘Wally’ Sanchez (1923-2005); Lawrence Eugene ‘Gene’ Sanchez (1924-2002); Richard ‘Dick’ Sanchez (1924-2012); Gerald ‘Jerry’ Sanchez (1929-1998); Wilbur Hill (1940-2016) and Wilma Hill Loughner (1943-2001). ‘Lenny’ was 84.
‘Lenny’ recently moved back to Hawthorne from Cedar Key, Fla. where he and his wife, Rene (Mont-Eton) Sanchez had moved from Pahrump to live near Johnnie and Linda (Thompson) Squires, a daughter and son-in-law of Rene. ‘Lenny’ and Rene were married Aug. 14, 1968 in Carson City, Nev. Rene passed on Feb. 19, 2018 in Cedar Key. ‘Lenny’ and Rene were married for 50 years.
‘Lenny’ and Jessie, his first wife, had three sons: Mike Sanchez (1955-2016), ‘Ricky’ Sanchez and William ‘Billy’ Sanchez (1960-1974).
MSGT ‘Lenny’ Sanchez served in the Air Force and while in Vietnam, was awarded the Silver Star medal. While stationed in Hawthorne, he ran the radar site for many years. He was a member of the V.F.W., Lions Club and Nevada Mavericks, No. 2, a champion bowling team in Hawthorne. In Pahrump, he was a member of the Nevada State Elks Association, Lodge 2796.
In civilian life, ‘Lenny’ worked as bartender at Joe’s Tavern and was a top car salesman at Woody’s Chevrolet, both in Hawthorne. When he and Rene lived in Boise, Idaho, ‘Lenny’ worked at Hewlett-Packard. While living in Pahrump he was a car salesman at Saitta Trudeau until he retired in 2013.
‘Lenny’ enjoyed playing golf and was an excellent billiards player.
‘Lenny’s survivors include his son: ‘Ricky’, Seattle, Wash.; granddaughter: Melissa Sanchez, San Antonio Texas; granddaughter: Jessie Sanchez, Sumner, Wash.; grandson: ‘Lenny’ Sanchez, Seattle, Wash.; step-daughter: Linda (Thompson) Squires; step-granddaughter: Sheri (Thompson) Duarte, Dixon, Calif.; step-granddaughter: Amber Thompson, Austin, Texas; step-granddaughter: Brandi Thompson, North Pole, Alaska and step-granddaughter Renee (Squires) Dunaway, Cynthiana, Ky. Lenny was also a great-grandfather and great-great grandfather of nine.
‘Lenny’ will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Services will be later this spring at the VA Cemetery in Fernley.
Verdella Sickler passed away on March 7, 2019 at Mt. Grant General Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Walter and Mary Sicker of Utah; her son: Steven Sicker of Utah and her sister: Sharon Morales of Hawthorne.
She leaves behind her brother: Ray (Meta) Sickler of Hawthorne; four brothers: Glen, Douglas, Troy and Walter, Jr., all of Utah and one sister: Kathy Domingus of Utah. Also left behind is her niece: Melody and Richard Salisbury; nephew: James Dean Sickler of Hawthorne and two sons: Alphanso Sickler and Javier Sickler. Also the families of Sicker, Morales, Domingus and Montano.
There will be no services.
The family wants to thank Jay Gunter and the doctors and nurses of Mt. Grant and the nursing home. They are all special. Verdella, may you rest in peace in Heaven.