Robert (Bob) Sickler

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 19:00

Robert (Bob) Sickler

Chugiak resident, Robert (Bob) Sickler died Dec. 29, 2012.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Eagle River VFW, 10527 VFW Road. Bring a story, memory or dish to share.

Mr. Sickler was born June 23, 1934 near Sherburn, Minn. Early childhood was spent between Minnesota and his grandfather’s Shell, Wyoming ranch. He began school in a small red schoolhouse with outdoor toilets, then moved to the Oregon coast with his family during World War II. He attended nine different schools, learning to get along with others at an early age. In 1952, he graduated from Warrenton (Ore.) High School.

He joined the Navy in 1956, serving more than three years on the Admiral’s staff in London, an assignment that earned him a commendation from President Eisenhower. He then worked drafting, engineering, designing and holding patents on electric drapery actuators.

In 1963, Bob discovered his life’s work, the designing, installing and operating of Traffic Control Devices. At the City of Portland, he helped install and operate the first successful computer operated traffic signal in America. He was an Associate Traffic Engineer in Anchorage from 1975 until retiring in 1996. He then taught Work Zone Traffic Safety classes. He served terms as NW Section President of IMSA and Alaska Area President of ITE.

While in Oregon, he fell in love with Nan Marie. They were married July 5, 1969. Bob loved his family dearly and spent many happy years enjoying camping and fishing throughout the Northwest and Alaska. He especially enjoyed their time on the Kenai Peninsula, at Buffalo Mine and in Clam Gulch. Bob was always “camp cook,” enjoying menu planning each trip.

A former member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bob served as teaching elder and Building Committee Chairman.

“Robert was an incredibly diverse and talented man who loved to share with others,” his family said. “He always had projects going. Bob made friends easily with his good nature, great sense of humor and love of people. He loved to cook, to teach, to lend a hand or a well-thought-out bit of advice. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Vera Sickler; and his son, Steven.

He is survived by his wife, Nan; children, Michael, Catherine and Gilbert; niece, Meg; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and a large extended family.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Alaska. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at

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