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Edwin Stickler, 88, Ex state American Legion Officer, Lansford Volunteer Fireman

August 03, 1997The Morning Call

Edwin H. Stickler, 88, of 317 E. Patterson St., Lansford, a longtime volunteer fireman, past vice commander of the Pennsylvania American Legion and former secretary to the Lansford borough council, died Saturday, Aug. 2, in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of Georgine (Anstead) Stickler.

A volunteer fireman for 67 years, he was financial secretary of American Fire Company No. 1, Lansford.

In 1991, the oldest active member of the fire company, he received a plaque and citation for 64 years of service from the Pennsylvania Senate.

A pumper engineer, he told The Morning Call, “My favorite part is when I charge the lines, watching the first surge of water fill the hose. That’s the most thrilling part, because you never know if you’re going to save a life if that surge of water will save a life.”

He was secretary to the Lansford Borough Council for 18 years until retiring in 1973.

He was manager/secretary of the former Lansford Savings and Loan for 25 years until retiring. Previously, he owned a hardware store in Nesquehoning for 13 years.

Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Harry A. and Catherine (Baker) Stickler.

He was a member of United Methodist Church, Summit Hill.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving with the fleet postal service.

Stickler was a past commander of the Nesquehoning American Legion Post; past commander, finance officer, treasurer and parade chairman of the Lansford American Legion Post; commander of Legion District 30, and vice commander of the Pennsylvania eastern region and State American Legion.

He was a past chairman of the Legion’s national Americanism committee; past vice chairman of the national distinguished guests committee and state community service, resolutions and bonus committees, and a member of state steering and advisory committees.

The legion awarded him a diamond lapel pin for outstanding achievement in membership recruitment at its 32nd annual convention in Philadelphia in 1950. He was also honored with life membership in the legion at a testimonial dinner in Lansford in 1951.

Stickler was a member of the Amvets and Masonic Lodge 677, both of Lansford, and a past president of the Panther Valley Coin Club. Tuesday, Holmes Griffiths Funeral Home, 200 E. Bertsch St., Lansford. Monday.
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