2006-07-15 / Obituaries

Edward Stacks

Edward M. Stacks, 93, of Big Rapids, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, served his country for 45 years in the U.S. Navy and as a U.S. Customs Inspector on the Sault Ste. Marie border. Mr. Stacks died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at his home.

He was born April 8, 1913, in Moline, Illinois, to Donald and Marie (nee Mayne) Stacks and moved to Cheboygan as a child, later earning a diploma from Cheboygan High School.

After high school, Mr. Stacks joined the U.S. Navy for one hitch before entering the Merchant Marine Academy. He was soon called back into active duty with the Navy at the beginning of World War II. His official service to his country was 45 years. He served 24 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as Chief Warrant Officer 4, and was later employed with the Office of Civil Defense Management as well as becoming a U.S. Customs Inspector on the border in Sault Ste. Marie.

Along with his love for the sea, Mr. Stacks had a passion for the skies. He obtained his private pilot license and was also a vice captain for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching a safe boating course for many years. He belonged to several other associations as well. Mr. Stacks' life was one of adventure and diversity, friends said, and he was always good for an entertaining story. He was a frequent visitor to Mackinac Island, where he made many friends.

During the war, he met Evelyn "Jane" Friske of Grand Rapids and the two were married on March 18, 1944. Along with his wife, he is survived by his four children and their families, Suzanne and Jeff Pierce of Big Rapids, Edward "Mike" and Eiko Stacks of California, Joseph and Rochelle Stacks of Washington, and Lani Stacks of California; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers; a sister-inlaw; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service was held Tuesday, July 11, at 11 a.m., at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Manistee, with military honors provided by the Navel Operations Support Center of Grand Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Hospice of Michigan.

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