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POQUOSON - John H. Stadler, 55, a native of Tallmadge, Ohio and Poquoson resident the past 30 years, succumbed to ALS after an eight year battle on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at home. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Akron in 1985, and a Master's degree from Virginia Tech in 1987. He was employed by N.A.S.A. Langley Research Center as an Aerospace Engineer for 34 years, earning numerous awards for his service. As a result of John's technical expertise and leadership, NASA's Lidar In-Space Technology (LITE) helped fly the Space Shuttle STS-64 in 1994. That led to the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Oberservation (CALIPSO) instrument that is still in use today. John later served as Chief Engineer for the Orion Launch Abort System which protected the Orion crew if needed. Later in his career he served as Chief Engineer for the Langley Engineering Directorate and subsequently as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Engineering Director. He was a member of AIAA. "His colleagues fondly remember John not only as 'one of the smartest guys we know', but also for his compassion and caring nature." John enjoyed cycling and boating. He liked being involved with many weird science projects with his kids. "He was always friendly to everyone and willing to help with anything." John was preceded in death by his father, Joseph R. Stadler. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Karen Stadler; daughter, Rachel Stadler; son, Joshua Stadler; mother, Freda Kalil Stadler; sisters, Sharon Cramer (Don) and Diane Cinotti (Tony); brother, Joe Stadler (Denise); thirteen nieces and nephews; and his beloved canine companion, Joy. The family will receive friends Monday, October 23, 5-6:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, immediately followed by a Celebration of John's life at 6:00 PM. A reception will follow at the funeral home. Interment will be private at a later date. The family requests generous contributions in John's memory be made to the ALS Association (alsa.org). Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . "Special thanks to Bill, Bob, Betty, and Sherry for their care and support."
Published in Daily Press on Oct. 21, 2017
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