Milton J. “Jack” Stickles Jr., a maritime lawyer who worked for nearly three decades for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command, died Feb. 17 at the Asbury Methodist Village retirement community in Gaithersburg, Md. He was 85.

The cause was anemia, said his wife, Frances Stickles.

Mr. Stickles’s career with the Military Sealift Command included postings in England and Germany. After his retirement in the late 1980s, he was of counsel for 12 years at the Washington office of the Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft law firm.

Milton John Stickles Jr. was born in Red Wing, Minn. He received a bachelor’s degree in business in 1950 and a law degree in 1952, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.

He served in the Army during the Korean War and remained in the Army Reserve until 1981, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He returned to Korea in the 1990s with a delegation of war veterans, his wife said.

Mr. Stickles settled in the Washington area in the late 1950s and was a longtime Chevy Chase resident. He served on the board of the C&O Canal Association and participated in three of the group’s hikes from Georgetown to Cumberland, Md. He also volunteered with the Boy Scouts.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Frances Copeland Stickles of Gaithersburg; two children, Mary Stickles of Zagreb, Croatia, and James Stickles of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.

— Emily Langer