Born: March 1, 1924
Place of Birth: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Death: July 21, 2007
Place of Death: Lakeland Medical Center - St. Joseph, MI
Memorial donations can be made to:
St. Joseph YMCA
March 1, 1924 - July 21, 2007
Norman Van Stickney, 83, of Coloma, Michigan, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2007, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, surrounded by his family.
Norm was born March 1, 1924, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the first son of Cleon & Frieda (Van Woert) Stickney. Serving in World War II, Captain Stickney was a flight leader with the 52nd fighter group of the 15th Air Force in Italy and had the nickname "Kalamazoo Kid" proudly emblazoned on the side of his P-51 Mustang fighter plane. After his discharge, he attended Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Business Administration.
Settling in the Twin Cities, Norm worked as a Salesman and then Vice President of Sales at Superior Steel Casting Company in Benton Harbor for over 25 years. Until very recently, he was a Manufacturers Rep for several companies. A longtime member of the YMCA and former member of Berrien Hills Country Club, he also enjoyed handball, Chicago sports, Trivial Pursuit, Canadian fishing and watching his grandchildren's sporting events.
Norm is survived by his beloved wife Amy; his daughters Janet (Arthur) Burke of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, Ann Stickney of Phelan, CA, Carol Stickney of Plano, TX, Kay (William) Stickney-Dine of St. Joseph; stepchildren Rick (Lorrie) Carpenter, Rob Carpenter, Jeff Carpenter and Starlyn (George) Bolt, all residing in Southwest Michigan; brothers Garth (Jacque) Stickney of Des Moines, IA, Gordon (Jeanette) Stickney of Hot Springs, AR and his sister Barbara (Don) Weber of San Francisco, CA. He also has eleven grandchildren that he loved and enjoyed, Stephanie, Kelly, Kurt, Nikki and Randy Dale Carpenter, James Bolt, Trevor, Mitchell & Sydney Burke, Emma & Claire Dine and numerous nieces and nephews. Norman was preceded in death by his parents and stepson Randy Carpenter.
Cremation has taken place. In accordance with Norman's wishes, there will be no formal service or internment. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph YMCA in care of the funeral home.
There will be an informal "Remembrance Gathering" where friends and family can share memories of Norm on Thursday, July 26th, from 3-7PM at the Stickney home. Directions to the residence can be obtained by selecting the "Click for Map and Directions" link above or by calling Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home at 468-6000.
Norm touched many lives and will be missed by all who knew him.
Thursday July 26, 2007, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Stickney Residence