Former Juneau resident Glenn Warren Stickel, 58, died at his Orange, Calif., home Aug. 7, 2003, of pancreatic cancer.
He was born on March 30, 1945, in Charleston, S.C., where his father was stationed during World War II. He spent his childhood in northern California until his father moved the family to Alaska shortly after statehood. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1963 and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks as an engineering major, but he became more interested in flying than studying. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, enrolled in Officer Candidate School, and signed up for flight training. He flew the A-4 Skyhawk bomber and was stationed at El Toro MCAS.
Upon completion of his active duty, he continued with the Marine Corps Reserves, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1977 from Chapman University. In 1981, he completed a master's degree in business administration at California State University at Fullerton. He also was hired by Continental Airlines as a B-727 flight engineer.
After the lengthy pilots' strike at Continental Airlines, he left the company and went to work flying DC-8s for United Parcel Service. He worked his way up to B-747 captain and flew many trips to Asia and Europe. He was one of the first pilots to fly into Beijing as service to China was inaugurated. He held several world and national records for speed over a commercial air route for a B-747.
On June 27, 1981, he married Teri Bailey of Orange, Calif. He and Teri enjoyed traveling around the globe. He also was an avid backpacker, hiking the John Muir Trail and sections of the Pacific Crest Trail with family members and his brother's Boy Scout troop.
He is survived by his wife, Teri; son, Mark Bailey of Newcastle, Wash.; mother, Myrtle of Anaheim; and younger brothers, Frank (Jeanne) of Fullerton and their children, Mark of San Diego and Kate, and Brandt (Jeannie) of Aptos, Calif., and their sons, Brandon and Nathan.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the chapel at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, Calif. A final interment will follow in the Fairhaven cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The American Cancer Society in his memory..