Mission Superintendent, Raymond Stickler, Dies – July 9, 1971

Mission Superintendent, Raymond Stickler, Dies

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Walla Walla, Washington
July 9, 1971

Raymond C. Stickler, 56, superintendent of Whitman Mission National Historic Site since February 1965, died at a local hospital Thursday.

He was born in Pendleton Feb. 23,1915, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stickler. In 1920, the family moved to Enterprise, where Stickler graduated from high school in 1932. He also graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in business administration in 1937.

After he completed his education, Stickler was employed at the First National Bank of Portland at the Enterprise branch until 1939 when he began his career with the National Park Service at Crater Lake National Park. In April 1939, he married Florence Moffit in Vancouver, Wash.

Stickler was a communications officer in the U.S. Navy during World War H and served in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned to work at Crater Lake and served in several capacities before he was transferred to the Olympic National Park at Port Angeles in 1951. He was the administrative officer there before coming to Whitman Mission.

Since coming to Walla Walla, Stickler had been active in many organizations. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, BPOE 287, the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, Walla Walla Valley Pioneer and Historical Society, Veterans Memorial Golf Club, the United Fund, Marcus Whitman Foundation and the Outdoor

Recreation Committee of Walla Walla County. He was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega, the Columbia Basin Federal Safety Council, Washington Travel Council, Blue Mountain Federal Executive Association and the Waiilatpu Historical Association.

Surviving Stickler are his wife, Florence, at the home; a daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Kathleen) Schaefer of Seattle; a brother, Lee R. Stickler of Monterey, Calif.; three aunts, Mrs. Fred (Margaret) Pigg, Mrs. Chester (Rita) Kirkpatrick and Elizabeth Joerger, all of Pendleton; an uncle, John Joerger of Pendleton; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father John Rompa as celebrant. Concluding services and interment will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Enterprise City Cemetery.

The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Herring chapel.