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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Published on July 26, 2019


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