Vernon Ray Stricker


Vernon Stricker, 75 year old Woodward business man, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Oklahoma City surrounded by his family. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 11:00 am in the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Shannon Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Vernon Ray Stricker was born on November 23, 1943, in Shattuck, Oklahoma, the son of Carl and Katherine (Meier) Stricker. Vernon and his family lived in Tangier and Fargo before settling in Woodward. He attended school in Fargo and Woodward, graduating from Woodward High School in 1962. Vernon was united in marriage to Dale LaVoinne Laubhan on October 6, 1962, in the First Christian Church in Woodward. They made their home in Woodward. They were blessed with two children, Lance and Kimberly. Vernon grew up farming and ranching with his brother, Carl, and continued to do so throughout his life. He also worked as a bricklayer before owning and operating Stricker Implement, a John Deere dealership, in Woodward for several years. He then operated Stricker Auto Sales until his passing.

Vernon had many talents in life and enjoyed his time spent with family. He and LaVoinne went on several memorable trips. He flew planes and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends. Most of all he was a family man. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He and his grandson, Noah, were especially close.

Vernon was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Woodward Elks Lodge, where he served as Exalted Ruler, and the Woodward Moose Lodge. Vernon also served as chairman of the Woodward Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for many years.

Vernon is survived by his wife LaVoinne of the home; son, Lance Stricker, wife Holly and grandson, Noah Stricker all of Mustang; daughter, Kimberly Kessenich and husband Steve of Montello, Wisconsin; brother, Les Stricker and wife Dixie of Enid; brother-in-law AJ Laubhan and wife Ann of Woodward; sister-in-law Wanda Stricker of Woodward; several nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and four sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church or Integris Hospice House with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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Jeff Arnold
Jul 28, 2019
Vernon was a great man who lead by example for his wife and children. He produced great kids and grandchild and impacted many around him. Vernon was always straightforward, honest, and comical. Lance and I had a lot of fun and tested Vernon's patience, but he always kept us in line and always in a positive way. He will be missed and prayers for the family. Love you guys.
Cheryl George
Jul 28, 2019
Vernon was such a kind and thoughtful neighbor to my big sister Lenora. It was comforting for me to know that he and LaVoinne would watch in on her and be close by when emergencies would arise. The Stricker’s were/are such a blessing to all who know them! He will be missed!
Ira Smith
Jul 27, 2019
Vernon was always kind and very respectful
He cared about people
His knowledge of tractors and equipment was helpful to me many times
He was always glad to help and supportive
Maleea Babbidge
Jul 26, 2019
So many wonderful childhood memories. Vernon has such a kind heart and always made me feel welcome. Watch over us from Heaven. ‘Till we meet again.
M.J. Ogden
Jul 26, 2019
Vernon was a very good friend and always there to give a helping hand. Vernon will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers with the family!
Brad Quale
Jul 26, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Vernon was truly a great man. My sincere condolences to the family.
Janet Welsch
Jul 26, 2019
Bonnie Griffin
Jul 26, 2019
I'm so sorry for this loss. My sincere condolences to the family.
Jim & Tina Engel
Jul 26, 2019
Our condolences go out to his family.
We enjoyed doing business with Vernon on different occasions.
Wanda Ferguson
Jul 26, 2019
Vernon was a true example of a gentleman. He was loved and will be missed.
Tracy Hook
Jul 26, 2019
My sympathies to all of you for your loss. Vernon was a kind man and will be missed.