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Stigers Frederick William Jackson Stigers, 68, passed away in peace on June 22, 2017 in Columbus after a short battle with cancer. He was born on July 27, 1948, in Frankfort, MI to D. Jean (Nave) Stigers and the late Frederick William Jackson. "Fred" spent his early years in Berea, Ohio, where he developed a lifelong love of classical music attending Cleveland Orchestra Kinderconcerts conducted by George Szell. After moving to Dayton, he went to Patterson Cooperative H.S. and studied violin with Conductor Paul Katz. He played in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and subbed in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. While at Wright State University, he was a reporter for the Franklin Chronicle and an advertising copywriter for Dancer Fitzgerald Sample. After graduating with a degree in English, he earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in ancient Germanic languages and literatures and taught English classes there. For many years, he was a copywriter for industrial agencies in New England, receiving awards for his work. He co-wrote Principles of Centrifugal Rubber Mold Casting, which was translated into several languages. Soon after moving to Clinton Twp. near Columbus, Fred was elected twp. trustee, a position he held for 12 years. He was especially proud of his role in improving roads and infrastructure, obtaining grants, and turning a weed-ridden triangle into a popular park. An avid bird watcher and amateur naturalist, he kept journals of his hikes in Battelle Darby Metro Park, along Lake Erie, and in Kearney, NE Fred leaves behind his beloved wife of 31 years, Nancy (Bedard); daughter, Wendy; son-in-law, Jon Colvin; and three grandchildren, Charlotte, Emma, and Henry, of Great Britain. He is also survived by his mother, D. Jean Stigers; brothers, Keith (Barbara) and Loyd (Kyung Mee); sister, Laura Lee; nephew, Mu Young Kim; and nieces Tara and Kate Melvin. He is preceded in death by his father, step-father Ralph Stigers, and brother Joseph. A private service will be held to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Metro Parks at http://metroparksfriends.wildapricot.org. Memories may be shared at www.shaw-davis.com/notices.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from June 29 to July 2, 2017
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