David J. Stickler
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WRIGHTSVILLE David John Stickler, 50, died peacefully, Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. David was the loving husband and best friend of Theresa (Weisser) Stickler; they were married October 17, 1987. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, he was the son of Gerald H. and Sharon E. (Shuck) Stickler. He was the Director of Innovation Technologies in the Research and Development Division of NRG Energy, Harrisburg. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving as the Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion Plant Supervisor - Reactor Control, on The U.S.S. Nimitz. David was a very active partner of the LCBC Church-York Campus. He was a Life Group Leader for the LCBC J Crew youth group, a 4 year participant in LCBC's Men's Fraternity Bible Study, and could always be seen volunteering for various projects at the church. David was a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors in Engineering and a Master's Degree in Business. He was a co-founder and treasurer of the Eastern Knights Lacrosse Foundation, a volunteer assistant with Eastern York High School Lacrosse team, a certified coach with the Eastern York Youth Lacrosse Club, and a board member and treasurer of the York County Lacrosse Association. David's passion for helping students also included, FIRST Robotics. He was the founder, co-director and active volunteer of Shared Pew Missions, a non-profit committed to youth and adult home repair mission trips. David enjoyed sporting clays, motorcycles, restoring and renovating the family home. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time traveling, hiking, and kayaking. David was a selfless servant of the Lord whose willingness to help was well known by friends and the community. He will be deeply missed. David was the proud father of his children Rebecca, Joseph, and Sarah Stickler and found tremendous joy in sharing every part of their lives. He is also survived by his brothers: Jim husband of Lynn Stickler of Mechanicsburg; Gregg husband of Renee Stickler of Quarryville, his sisters: Tracy wife of James Tillotson of Austin, Texas; Amanda Stickler of Wrightsville, and many nieces, nephews, family members, and friends. A celebration of David's life will be held Thursday from the LCBC Church - York Campus, 951 North Hills Road, York at 7pm (Viewing 5 to 7pm) with Paul Atkinson officiating. Private interment in Fairview Cemetery, Wrightsville will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in David's memory may be made to: LCBC, 951 North Hills Road, York, PA 17402; or Shared Pew Missions, 784 Almoney Road, Wrightsville, PA 17368; or Eastern Knights Lacrosse Foundation, c/o Bob Rhein, 5970 Beidler Road, York, PA 17406. Arrangements by: Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., Columbia/Landisville. www.cwkraftfh.com

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Published in York Daily Record on Oct. 22, 2013.
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December 11, 2013
Dearest Theresa,
I just got your Christmas card and was totally shocked to see the message. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids. I wish now that I was better about keeping in touch. Maybe this will bring me into the 21st century and get on facebook. If your kids ever need someone to talk to who has walked in their shoes please do not hesitate to get a hold of me. 301-854-0188.
Kay Morris
October 26, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
doris gatto
October 25, 2013
How saddened we all are in hearing of David's passing. How inspired we are to hear, from the notes here, of his exceptional life. His faith, his family, his fatherhood, his leadership, his friendship, his mentoring, leave us in awe. Though it has been many years since we grew up with the Stickler family in Ebesburg, PA, they will always remain special in our collective hearts. They brought us through loss in our own family. We can only imagine the void that all of you feel. With love and gratitude from all of us. Rest in peace David.
The Crowley Family
October 24, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to you Theresa, Rebecca, Joseph and Sarah, I'm so saddened by the news of David's passing, I will miss him. My prayer's go out to your entire family, take care and God Bless You!
Emilio Frenda
October 24, 2013
Dear Theresa, please accept my sincerest sympathy in the loss of david. I am so, so sorry.
Roseann Romiot
October 24, 2013
Dear Theresa, My heart is heavy for you and the kids and all of your friends and family. Praying for you for God's continued comfort and guidance. Love, Carmen
October 24, 2013
So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.
Don Aldinger
October 24, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. We pray that you find peace through The Lord! His memories will live forever in your hearts as well as many others! God's grace to you all!
The Manganello Family
October 23, 2013
To the Stickler family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Dave has touched our lives richly and will always be with us.
Bill & Patrick Henshaw
October 23, 2013
My prayers our with you and your Family in this time of sorrow.
Ozzie & Gloria Maldonado
October 23, 2013
Theresa,Sarah ,Becca and Joe,
Our love and prayers are with you. Dave was always giving back to all, with his open heart and hands. We will truly will miss him. He was always an inspiration to me. Wish we could be there to support you in the tough road the next few weeks. All our love.. See you in December
Linda & George Kurzik
October 23, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Stickler family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Sylvia Tillotson
October 23, 2013
Prayers to the family and all the lives he touched. He is a great man and has done great things for many.
The Bitonti's
October 23, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Stickler family from Bloomsburg, PA. I've known Dave for 3 years during lacrosse season at Eastern York High School. Dave was friendly, caring, helpful, and inspired me to love the sport of lacrosse. I will never forget making this man proud when coming off the field with my head held high. You will be missed dearly by me, and I will make sure to honor your name in any future lacrosse game I play in college.
Nicholas Colon
October 22, 2013
We are holding your family close. Our sympathy and also our gratitude for sharing David with our community and our children.
-- the Royce Family
October 22, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with David's family. Very fortunate to have met David through work. You will be missed!
Andrea Toledano
October 22, 2013
Praying for the family of this wonderful man who changed many people's lives and made such an impact in this town and county and even state. R.I.P.
Brayden Danks
October 22, 2013
Theresa and children I was shocked and saddened to read about your husbands passing this morning in the paper I didn't know David very well but I shared moments with you and Becca in the girl scouts God wanted a angel and he chose Dave my sincerest condolences to you.
Margaret Stoll
October 22, 2013
To the Stickler family,
Our hearts go out to all of you. Their is a void in the community with this loss. Dave was a special person, positively impacting so many people. Sincerely, The Evans chris, Jacque, Gavin and Aiden
jacque evans
October 22, 2013
I am so sad today...I served with David onboard the USS Nimitz in Reactor Dept...I always considered David a good friend...David and I also rode our motorcycles in a 911 tribute ride a few years ago (from the Pentagon to the Trade Centers)...I am so sad for David's family...he was such a good man...I will miss him
Russell Andolina
October 22, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 22, 2013
I had the privilege of knowing David when I worked for him at Digicon. I am saddened to hear of his passing! He was a great person, may be rest in peace!
Leanne Lightner
October 22, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with The Stickler Family.

Hellam Township Police Department
October 22, 2013
Theresa & Family,
Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Please know our prayers are with you all, and that David was a great man, husband and father. He will be missed.
With prayers,
Ben, Melissa & Isaiah
The Kings
October 22, 2013
Theresa and Family, so sorry for your loss. Dave was a awsome friend and insperation to us all. He will be surley missed but will always be with us in our hearts. Our family's thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Terry,Monica,Austin,and Justin Keller
Terry Keller
October 22, 2013
I had the privilege of working with David at NRG until I left in August. I knew he was extremely intelligent and driven and did a lot of great things for the company, and am not surprised at all to read about his community participation and his deep religious faith. I was so shocked to hear about his passing. With faith, we know we will see him again one day in Heaven, where I know his rewards are many. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time as you grieve the loss of his earthly presence.
Mari Beth Ross
October 22, 2013
David was a good friend and shipmate of mine onboard the USS Nimitz. While I had not seen him in many years, I have many cherished memories of him and the times we shared. Anyone who spent any amount of time with David knows how lucky we are to have known him. My thoughts go to his family.
Bill Oxley
October 22, 2013
David inspires me to invest in others. From my first handshake with David, his energy and spirit lifted me to follow his lead. My life is forever changed. David's gifts touch the lives of my family and our community. I thank you for sharing him!
Teresa Arnold
October 22, 2013
I will never understand why God takes the best ones sooner. David brought me and my son back to Jesus when nobody else would... I can only imagine his family's pain, now that they are missing this precious DIAMOND of the Lord... I can't even begin to accept his death. The lord claimed his child too soon. Brokenhearted.
Alicia Porta
October 22, 2013
My prayers are with your family. You were an amazing man who put others first. May god comfort your family no more than ever. Amen
April Zutell
October 22, 2013
Dear Theresa, Becca, Joe and Sarah,
We are so deeply heartbroken for your loss. Dave was such a special man in so many ways. The love for his family and the Lord was so apparent in everything he did. Heaven has been given a wonderful angel. He will be missed by so many.

With Deepest Sympathy and Love from us all.
Greg, Stephanie, Ashley, Timothy and Laura
The Messman-Bowers Family
October 22, 2013
I will always remember David as a kind and patient person. He believed in me when many didn't. Wishing the family strength through this tough time.
Jamie Gilbert
October 22, 2013
Theresa & Family - you will never truly know how much it meant to me for you to share your wonderful husband and father with me. I am a different man today as a result of my friendship with David. His legacy will live on in me and the countless people he helped throughout his life. I am so honored to call him my best friend.
Bob Rhein
October 22, 2013
As we have been listening to the series in church over the last couple of weeks, Dan remarked on more than one occasion, that when he thinks of "GREATER" Dave immediately came to mind! Lifting you all up in prayer.
Dan and Dana Stump
October 22, 2013
Honored. That is the word that describes how every member of our family feels about our time with David. He had a unique relationship and true friendship with every one of us. We are so thankful to have been a part of his incredible life.
The Rhein Family
October 22, 2013
Theresa and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Dave touched so many with his heart of gold!! We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Harrison and Roberts Family
October 22, 2013
Theresa and family: I am so sorry for your sudden loss. David was a great man,friend, father and husband and he will be missed. My prayers are with you. You will always remember but as time goes on, the pain will lessen.
Barbara Pugh
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