Willam H. “Bill” Stickel, age 93, went to heaven on Monday, May 7, 2018. He was born on Feb. 26, 1925 in Washington DC to the late Charles E. and Ayla B. Stickel. He was pre-deceased by his wife Myra L. Stickel and siblings, Helen Huggins, Charles Stickel and Mary Louise Eldridge.
Bill leaves behind 3 children, Donna Casey and husband John of Mechanicsburg, PA, Cary Stickel of Richmond, VA, and Andy Stickel and fiancé Kim Morrow of Fairfax, VA. Bill leaves behind 8 grandchildren; Brad Amorin and wife Ginger, Leah Amorin and wife Robyn Noren, Alison & Jill Stickel, Chad Stickel and wife Burma, Cassandra Stickel, Jonathan Casey and wife Krissy and Justin Casey and wife Lisa. In addition Great Bill was blessed with 6 great grandchildren, Conner, Nate, Brayden, and Ryan Casey and Chloe & Claire Awig.
Bill was born and raised in Washington DC, spending his summers on his Uncle Cary’s farm in Raleigh NC. He was a student at McKinley High School and upon his father’s death he left school to begin a career at the Army Map Service to help support his mother and siblings.
In 1943 Bill enlisted in the US Navy and served his country during WWII. He entered the Navy as a Seaman First Class and had qualified to be a Gunners Third Mate just prior to his honorable discharge in 1946. During the war he was stationed in Hawthorne, Nevada where he met and married his wife, Myra, prior to being deployed to Hawaii and Guam. Once discharged, he and Myra moved back to Washington DC to begin their married life. Bill resumed his position as a cartographer at the Army Map Service; his career spanned a 30 year period of dedicated service. After retiring he served as both the Treasurer and President of the Association of Mapping Seniors. In 1965 Bill went back to school to complete his high school education. As a second career Bill drove a school bus in Fairfax County, VA for 10 years. He was fondly known to his students as “Mr. Bill”.
Bill spent his adult life raising his 3 children in Vienna, VA. He was involved in their many and varied activities through the years. He was particularly proud of his role as the Building and Grounds Chairman for the Babe Ruth League and was instrumental in the efforts to improve the lighting on Waters Field. He had a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ and served as a Deacon for many years at the Faith Baptist Church. Up until his death, Bill was an active member of the Fairfax Baptist Temple where he had a keen interest and love for the missionary work being done by the church.
Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He treasured his family and his family treasured him and will miss him greatly. He will always be remembered as “Great Bill”.
A memorial service will be held on June 9th at 10:30 am. at the Fairfax Baptist Temple, 6401 Missionary Lane, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. A reception will be held at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the “Missionary Fund” , Fairfax Baptist Temple, 6401 Missionary Lane, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.