Bert P. Stickler, 92, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died July 23, 2014. Born in Newark in 1922, he lived there until he married and moved to Livingston in the late 1950s.
Mr. Stickler retired after almost 29 years as an FBI agent. Toward the end of his career he was transferred to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he stayed for a number of years before moving to Boynton Beach in 2008. He received many awards for his service as an agent, much of which was devoted to working on organized crime.
He graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark and Utah State College.
He was a World War II veteran who was severely wounded in the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the ski troops and fought with the 10th Mountain Division, a fabled fighting unit during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster, as well as other medals for his bravery in action. He was also recently awarded the French Legion of Merit medal for his efforts in helping France during the war.
While recovering from his very serious wounds in his chest in England, he took up archery to build up his body and wound up representing the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in England in the GI Olympics.
Predeceased by his second wife, Sydelle (Applebaum), and a brother, Stanley, who was killed in action in the Pacific during World War II, he is survived by his daughter, Jodi (Jerry) Glyn of Union; a brother, Donald of Springfield; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.
Services were held July 25 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.