Howard Paul Staley, loving husband and father, good friend, world traveler, passionate reader, spirited Democrat, attorney at law, died in Fairbanks on Jan. 11, 2017, after a short illness. Born on May 30, 1923, in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, he served in the U.S. Army in World War II. His education included an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a law degree from Harvard University. He moved to Juneau in 1960. He so enjoyed the beauty, the lifestyle and the opportunities of Alaska that he spent the next 57 years of his life here. He enjoyed fishing, canoeing, piloting a small plane and the endless summer evenings. He even enjoyed the snow. After stints as assistant attorney general and prosecutor, he became a partner of the Fairbanks law firm of Merdes, Schiable, Staley and DeLisio (a precursor of CSG Inc.) in July, 1966. His colleagues, fellow litigants and the court held Howard in high esteem. He retired in 1993, and spent much of the rest of his life traveling, bicycling and reading. History, biographies, and politics were favorite subjects, although he would read anything that caught his eye. Howard met his wife, Olive, on a boat to Kos in Greece. Olive is from Ireland. Howard enjoyed annual trips to visit Olive's family in Ireland, where he grew to know and love as many friends and family members as he had in Fairbanks. He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Olive O'Donoghue-Staley; children Michael and Laura Staley, of Seattle; and the Anthony nieces and nephews of Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by son Douglas Eric Staley and sister Jean Anthony. He will be much missed.
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