FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Kenneth E. Stichter, formerly of the Elkhart County area, passed away April 12 of natural causes. He loved God with his whole heart and went to his lord and savior peacefully with family at his side.
He was born March 30, 1939, in Hopedale, Ill., to Gordon and Esther (Good) Stichter. After serving three years in PAX Service in Nepal under Mennonite Central Committee, he married and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, for his great adventure.
As a small plane pilot he saw much of Alaska and shared his love of flying with his family and friends. His second love, his dog Marshmallow, was a faithful companion and never left his side.
He is survived by his wife, Etolia; two daughters, Cynthia (Mike) Whisenand, Hurst, Texas, and Crystal (Jason) Dennis, Fairbanks, Alaska; two grandchildren; three brothers, Donald (Evelyn) Stichter, Goshen, Ralph (Fannie Mae) Stichter, Wakarusa, and Loren (Rachel) Stichter, Warsaw; two sisters, Carolyn (Toby) Graber, Spooner, Wis., and Lorene (Elwood) Schrock, Harrisonburg, Va.; and a sister-in-law, Esther Stichter, Nappanee.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leonard Stichter.
Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be at the Olive Cemetery on July 20. Following burial, friends and family are invited to a time of sharing of memories in honor of his life at 4 p.m. July 20 at the North Main Street Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall.