August 24, 1917 – April 28, 2014
Dr. Robert Brown Stickler passed away peacefully on April 28, 2014 at Deerfield Retirement Community, Urbandale, Iowa.
Bob was born in Red Oak, Iowa, on August 24, 1917 to Lois and Archie Stickler. After completing Red Oak High School, he attended the University of Iowa, where he graduated in 1937 with an B.S. degree. He then completed the Iowa Medical School, graduating in 1941. Afterwards he completed post-graduate training at the University of Iowa Department of Surgery. He interned at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. This led to meeting Dr. Lee Forest Hill, a Des Moines pediatrician, his lovely wife, Marion, and finally, their young daughter, Charlotte. He returned to Iowa City for residency but he didn’t forget a certain girl. In spite of the war and Bob’s entering the Army as a Major in the Medical Corps, he managed a 3 day pass from Camp Gordon, Augusta, Georgia, to travel to Des Moines, where he and Charlotte were married on February 14, 1944. He served in Europe during the war and after the war, returned to Iowa City for his residency. In 1950 he and Charlotte moved back to Des Moines, where Bob opened his general surgery practice and continued in private practice in Des Moines for the next three decades until retiring from active surgery in 1990.
Bob was active throughout his career, serving as medical director for National Travelers Life and American Republic Insurance Company, a member of the Polk County, Iowa and American Medical Societies, a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, a member of the American Board of Medical Examiners, a member of the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners, a member of the American Specialty Board, a founding director of Iowa Academy of Surgeons and a director of the University of Iowa Alumni Association.
Bob loved his family, the practice of medicine, traveling, golfing at Wakonda and hunting small game throughout the Iowa and Missouri.
Following retirement, Bob and Charlotte moved to Deerfield in 2005. He enjoyed socializing with all the other Deerfield residents as well as keeping up with friends and family near and far.
He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Charlotte and their son, Rob, an attorney in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Preceding him in death was their daughter Linda Elizabeth, who died in an automobile accident in 1987.
Friends are invited to a reception in Bob’s honor which will be held at the Deerfield Retirement Community, 13731 Hickman Road , Urbandale, between 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 20.
In recognition of the loving care Bob received at Deerfield, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Lifespace Foundation, c/o Deerfield Retirement Community, 13731 Hickman Road, Urbandale IA 50323.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Dunn’s Chapel 2121 Grand Ave Des Moines, IA 50312 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com