Richard 'Dick' E. Stickel

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2003

Former Juneau resident Richard "Dick" E. Stickel, 85, died April 30, 2003, in Brea, Calif.

He was born April 22, 1918, in Etna, Calif., a small town in Siskiyou county near the Oregon border. After graduation from local high school he enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1942. After college he married Myrtle June Wilson, and enlisted in the Navy in the Civil Engineering Corps.

After leaving the Navy, he began his career in highway engineering with the state of California. He advanced in the California Division of Highways until 1960 when he accepted a position with the newly forming State of Alaska Department of Highways. He began his career in Juneau but accepted the position as the first district highway engineer in Valdez. In 1961, he was promoted to state highway construction engineer in Juneau. As the state construction engineer, he oversaw the development of Alaska's highways, most notably the carving out of the wilderness the 362-mile Anchorage-Fairbanks route, which came to be known as Parks Highway (Alaska 3). When he left Alaska, he entered private practice civil engineering and worked on many highway and rapid transit projects in California, Maryland, Vancouver, Hawaii and Peru.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle, and sons Glenn (Teri), Frank (Jeanne) and Brandt (Jeannie), all of California; and grandchildren Mark, Kate, Brandon and Nathan of California and Mark Bailey of Washington.

Services were held on May 10 in Canyon Lake, Calif., with final internment in Etna, Calif. Memorial donations may be made to the Canyon Lake Church Memorial Fund, 30515 Railroad Canyon Road, Canyon Lake, CA, 92587.

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