Obituary: Stadler, Frank, Iii, Md
STADLER, Frank III, MD
Born in Enhaut, PA on March 3, 1937, Frank passed away in Spokane Valley, WA on August 29, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Elizabeth Stadler, and his son, Frank Stadler IV. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, at the home; three children, Dr. Matthew Stadler (Kris) of Gig Harbor, WA, Elizabeth Dixon of Puyallup, WA, Linda (Edward) Carlton of Maple Valley, WA; three step children, Karen (Don) Sellers of Colbert, WA, Russell (Kim) Kenworthy of Liberty Lake, WA, Sandra Baldwin of Newman Lake, WA; fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Frank attended Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He joined the US Air Force and served his internship at Carswell Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. He was a Viet Nam veteran serving as Chief of Surgery at the USAF hospital in Cahm Rahn Bay, Viet Nam. Following his service in Viet Nam he served as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Hospital Services at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA. He left the Air Force in 1975 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and established his surgical practice, Valley Surgical Group, that same year. He was a member of the Valley Hospital Medical Staff and served as President in 1981 - 82. He retired from Practice in 2002.
An avid and competitive golfer, Frank was on the links at every opportunity and played in many regional tournaments. He served a term as the President of the Liberty Lake - Meadow Wood Men’s Club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as snow skiing, having spent many wonderful winters skiing Schweitzer Mountain with his kids and friends.
Enjoying spending time together, Frank and Sharon shared many memorable vacations to Hawaii, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and destinations throughout the US and Canada.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. His big smile, witty personality and sense of humor will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA.