CHP Officer Mike Stickles: “a handshake, a smile, and a witty remark for everyone he met”
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Michael Kemp Stickels born on May 2, 1942 in Shively, California passed away in San Andreas, California on May 23, 2017 at the age of 75. Mike born to Henry Woodrow Stickels and Marion Kemp Stickels, lived in Shively until the 1955 flood and then the family relocated to Scotia, California where he attended local schools.
Mike graduated from Fortuna High School in 1960 and worked for Pacific Lumber on a survey crew and also in the mill. Soon after, Mike went to work for a construction company and worked on the Auburn Dam.
Around this time, he married his first wife, Julia and had a son, Michael. Mike then served in the National Guard and subsequently joined the California Highway Patrol in May of 1966.
He spent a long illustrious career with the CHP, first serving in San Francisco for two years and then moving to the Leggett Resident post in 1969.
Mike met his wife, LindaTredway, soon after and the two married in 1971 and had two sons, Matt and Monty. Not long after, Mike was assigned to the Garberville CHP office (1973) and spent the remainder of his career there. He retired in 1996 with over 30 years as a CHP officer.
After retirement, Mike moved to Valley Springs, California and lived in the area until his passing. Mike enjoyed hunting, working in the yard, and spending time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving Papa, father, and friend by many. He was the kind of man who always had a handshake, a smile, and a witty remark for everyone he met.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Woodrow and Marion Kemp Stickels, his sister Lee Anna Maidesil, and special family friend, Evelyn Hartman. He is survived by his wife, Linda Stickels and his sons, Michael Stickels, Matthew Stickels,and Monty Stickels. He is also survived by his daughter in law, Laura Stickels (Monty) and his beloved grandchildren, Lauren (Stickels) Ammer and husband, Trent; Rebecca and Rachel Stickels; and Michael and Max Stickels. He is also survived by his brother Dan Stickels and his wife, Elizabeth and various nieces and nephews; Jimmy and Erika Youngblood and their daughters: Nika Tafoya and her children, and Mikie Maidesil and her children. Additionally, he is survived by special family friends, Bonnie Stickels and Patty Ely and her sons.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the River Lodge Conference Center in Fortuna from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made in Mike’s name to the CHP 11-99 fund at https://chp11-99.org or mailed to the CHP 11-99 Foundation, 2244 N. State College Boulevard, Fullerton, Ca 92831.