Fred Stassel (1923 - 2017)

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Fred Stassel, age 94, was born in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Fritz Carl "Fred Sr." Stassel and Lillian Sandberg Stassel. He grew up in Wisconsin, and after serving three years in
Europe in the Army during World War II, he returned to Stevens Point, Wis., attended college and met his future wife, Jean Neale, through the Methodist Youth Group. They married in 1949, drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska for their honeymoon and stayed because the road was too bad to go back. They settled in Anchorage, Alaska, and first pitched their tent on the current site of Providence Hospital.
Fred worked for the Corps of Engineers, Alaska Railroad and the Matanuska Valley coal mines before beginning his teaching career, which included Old Central in downtown Anchorage. He moved to Wendler Jr. High when it opened and taught seventh and eighth grade math and science there until he retired in 1975.
Fred also taught drivers education in the school system, and had a passion for set net salmon fishing on the Kenai Peninsula, which he did with his wife and children beginning in 1967.
Fred was an early board member of the Anchorage Teachers Federal Credit Union (now Credit Union 1) and continued to serve there for decades. He was also an active member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
As a WWII veteran, he went to Washington, D.C., with the Last Frontier Honor Flight in April 2017.
Communities dear to him were the Salvation Army senior lunch program and the United Methodist Church.
Fred remained very active, drove and lived in his home until age 92. He lived at the Anchorage Pioneer Home his last 16 months, where he continued to play cards and make friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean (1927-2011); and his son, Larry (1954-1971). He is survived by his brother, Rev. Don Stassel and wife Barbara of Fulton, Mo.; his daughter, Susan Elkins of Anchorage; his daughter, Linda Stassel and husband Ananda Starfield of Vancouver, Wash.; son, Paul Stassel of Anchorage; his daughter, Joan Stassel and husband Chuck Livers of Anchorage; and his son, Steven Stassel and wife Mary of Anchorage; as well as grandchildren, Heather, Jason, Rebecca, Brendan, Christie, Ryan, Allison, Emily and Lauren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Turnagain United Methodist Church, 3300 West Northern Lights Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Anchorage Pioneer Home Resident Council (923 West 11th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501) or the Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program (1712 A Street, Anchorage, AK 99501).
The family is grateful for the wonderful care he received at Providence Hospital and the Pioneer Home.
Fred was a remarkable man and will be remembered by many for his generosity and kindness.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 27, 2017
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