Donald Lee Stichler


Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Former Juneau resident Donald Lee Stichler, formerly of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Nov. 5, 2007, at home in Saint Augustine, Fla. He was 77.

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He was born April 6, 1930, in Ord, Neb., to Everett Evelyn Stichler.

Family members said he was a loving husband and father. They said he touched many lives.

He grew up in Hood River, Ore., where he worked as a logger and a policeman before joining the federal government in Oregon, eventually transferring to Alaska.

After many years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Juneau, he moved to the Bureau of Land Management in Fairbanks, where he retired in 1996.

During his tenure with the federal government, he was instrumental in helping establish the radio communications systems linking the many remote villages across the vast state. Retirement took him to Maryville and Chattanooga.

His passion was amateur radio communication. He was known around the "HAM" world as W7NTN, KL7EBK and KL4D. It was this passion that allowed him to help with emergency communications during the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964.

He leaves behind his lifelong friends and acquaintances from many different countries. He was also an avid pilot, his family said.

Family members said he was a deeply spiritual man who loved the Lord. He was a member of many churches during his life; most recently at East Ridge United Pentecostal Church in Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three wives, Beverly Whidden, of Juneau, Rebecca Carter, of Fairbanks, and Clara Brackett, of Chattanooga.

He is survived by his brother, Robert Stichler, of Cottonwood, Ariz.; daughters, Marjorie Chalker, of Clovis, N.M., Susan Crohan, of Saint Augustine, and Sandy Stambaugh, of Albuquerque, N.M.; son, Jeffry Stichler, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Nick and Kate Chalker, of Clovis, Mattison Young, of Mesquite, Texas, Benjamin, Savannah and Molly Crohan, of Saint Augustine, Tiana, Ryan and Ross Skjold, of Albuquerque, and Tosha, Amanda and Justin Stichler, of Knoxville; and great-grandchildren, Mario Flores, Xavier and Angel Anaya, and Nathan and Lanae Skjold.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at East Ridge United Pentecostal Church in Chattanooga. The Rev. Terry Arnold will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Stroke Association.

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