Bernard 'Butch' Stickell Jr., Vietnam War veteran

August 25, 2008|By Tyeesha Dixon

Bernard "Butch" Edgar Stickell Jr., a Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart, died of heart failure Aug. 17 at Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. The Pasadena resident was 60.

After graduating from Glen Burnie High School, Mr. Stickell served in the Army as a combat medic, achieving the rank of specialist fifth class.

In addition to the Purple Heart, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

In 1997, he married Thelma Mills. He worked at the Maryland Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program as a machinery mechanic before retiring in 1998 because of disabilities related to his combat service.

Mr. Stickell enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, collecting coins and stamps, and growing vegetables and flowers in his garden.

"He was just a really good person, even to strangers," his wife said. "Whenever he saw anyone stranded on the side of the road, he would always stop to help them."

Services will be at held at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow at the Veterans Cemetery, 1080 Sunrise Beach Road in Crownsville.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Joy Catterton of Hanover; a son, Jason Kandy of Baltimore; a sister, Betty Meeks of Pasadena; a brother, Allan Stickell of Ohio; and three grandchildren.

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