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Services Set for Eric Stiffler

August 28, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – A celebration of life for retired Western Illinois University Professor and Administrator Eric Stiffler will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Dr. Mel and Judy Kerr farm near Bardolph on Maryland Road. Cremation rites have been accorded. No visitation will be held. Stiffler, 67, died Aug. 24 in Macomb.

Stiffler was appointed acting provost and academic vice president in 2001, serving two years in that role before returning to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies until his retirement in 2005. A member of the WIU faculty since 1977, Stiffler served as a professor of philosophy and religious studies, and in 1987, he was named director of WIU's honors program. In 1989, Stiffler was named assistant provost and academic vice president for curriculum. In 1991, he was appointed to the position of associate provost and academic vice president.

Prior to joining Western's faculty he taught in the East Moline (IL) schools; Roosevelt University, Chicago; Indiana University Northwest; and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Stiffler is survived by his wife, Janice Owens; his parents, Harold and Dr. Beth Stiffler of Macomb; daughter, Jessica (Billy) Dicken of Bloomington; sons, Nathan Stiffler of California, Aaron Campbell of Brooklyn, and Raphael Campbell of Chicago; three grandchildren; brothers, Randall Stiffler of Massachusetts and David (Karen) Stiffler of Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to University Honors Program at WIU.

A complete obituary can be found at

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