L. Gale Stickley, 93, of Maquoketa, passed away on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A gathering of family and friends celebrating Gale’s life will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held on Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.
Lester Gale Stickley was born on Oct. 23, 1926, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Irvie Lyle and Viva June (Edwards) Stickley. He was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Donna June Felten on April 17, 1949, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Diane, Duane and Beth.
Gale always wanted to be a farmer but after hurting his back, he decided to attend Coyne Electrical and Refrigeration Trade School in 1948. He then came back to Maquoketa and started an electrical business in partnership with Al Thola in 1948. Six months later, he bought his partner out and opened Stickley Electric on North Main Street. In 1958, he moved his business out to the old Fisher and Tractor repair building on Western Avenue, where the business is currently run by his son, Duane.
Gale was a member of the Coronado Car Club and the Knights of Pythias Lodge. He was a charter member of the Joinerville Boat Club in Sabula and a lifetime member of the Maquoketa Fire Department. He enjoyed golfing, with one of his proudest moments being a hole-in-one. He also enjoyed playing Euchre, getting together with his friends for coffee, remodeling and restoring antique cars and tractors, going on camping trips with friends at Joinerville Boat Club and Leisure Lake, and taking cross-country trips in his antique cars with the Lincoln Highway Tour Group. Additionally, he loved to watch westerns, whether it was TV shows like “Ponderosa” or John Wayne movies. He would often get up early in the morning on days it snowed and plow the Methodist Church and neighbors’ driveways. He also volunteered to mow lots at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Those left to honor Gale’s memory include his children: Diane and her husband Ed Bodnar of Broomfield, CO, Duane and his wife Mary Stickley of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Beth Stickley of Bellingham, WA; three grandchildren, Josh and his wife Olivia Bodnar of Los Angeles, CA, Natalie and her husband Brad Haigh of Denver, CO, and Shawn and his wife Kim Stickley of Marion, IA; six great-grandchildren, Noelle and Braxton Bodnar, Aven and Hadley Haigh, Peyton and Paige Stickley; sister, Betty Miller of Maquoketa, Iowa; and brothers-in-law, Rex Felten of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Donald Felten of Delavan, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna, sister Bev Haylock, infant brother LJ Stickley, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County, Mount Hope Cemetery Association or the Maquoketa Area YMCA.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.