Mr. Frederick Joseph Stickler of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 74, entered into eternal life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Fred was born to Floyd and Frances (Kelly) Stickler in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday, March 17, 1942. Fred had the greatest of dispositions, always loving life and his family without measure. One of Fred’s greatest joys was his care and love of horses— he was a true gentleman farmer. He also enjoyed leatherwork, as well as fixing bridles and saddles. Fred is survived by his beloved sister Loretta (Jonathan B.) Gamm; loving nieces and nephews, Jonathan M. (Kathleen) Gamm, David (Marilyn) Gamm, Brian (Jodie) Gamm, and Sarah (Eric) Matwiejczyk; adored great nieces and nephews, Erik, Emily, Anna, Joseph, Lee, Claire, Mary, Sophia, Elise, and Matthew; and other beloved members of the Stickler, Kelly, and Gamm families. A time of visitation was held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. A scripture service was offered immediately following visitation at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Terrence L. Stewart at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Holy Family Parish, 425 S. State Street, Sparta, MI 49345. A time of visitation was held at church, one hour prior to Mass. Fred will be laid to rest in Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, 3777 Rector Avenue NE, Rockford, MI 49341.
Arrangements by Pederson Fuenral Home, Rockford