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Kenneth Jr StrykerKenneth Jr Stryker, age 95, passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, OH. He was born December 12, 1924 in Arcanum, OH to the late Harvey Earl & Essie Fern (Houdeshell) Stryker. He married Anna Lee Myers August 19, 1944 at the United Methodist Church in Arcanum. He had three children Kent (Cally), Alan, and Lynn (Elizabeth); 5 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Alice Egged and brother Sherman Stryker. He graduated from Arcanum H.S. in 1942, earned his undergraduate degree at Wilmington College and received his Master’s Degree from Miami University. Kenneth was a U.S. Navy Veteran who served 2 years during WWII. He retired from teaching at Monroe Preble and National Trail High School after 33 years. He also taught adult night school in Richmond, IN for several years. He kept score for Monroe H.S./National Trail basketball for 50 years without missing a game. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, West Manchester for 63 years; and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Arcanum. He loved spending time with the family and playing cards (euchre, etc.). Due to the current pandemic and health concerns for extended family and friends, a private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, Eaton is assisting with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.gsbfuneralhome.com.
Uncle Kenny and Aunt Annie provided me with some of my favorite memories of my childhood. The thought of Thanksgiving day at their house always makes me yearn for the past. He was a quiet man that had a great sense of humor. He was a fantastic uncle and I know he was a great father because he raised 3 of the finest men you will ever meet. Aunt Annie I am sorry. I know Uncle Kenny would love to hear that wonderful laugh you have, so try to realize that you will see him again. Dont forget, heaven is a gift and Kenny deserves all the gifts he receives. Such a good man and a great family. My love to you all. Rick Myers
Noel Myers Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM
We have many fond memories of the Strykers. Dale grew up w/them as neighbors & he taught Shirley in all business classes including shorthand & Office Practice. He was strict, but a very good teacher! In later years, we would reminisce w/him & the boys @ the Boys H.S. State Basketball Tournament @ OSU. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Your loss is great, but you'll always have his advice, wisdom, laughter and wonderful memories w/you. May those memories and knowing you'll be reunited again comfort you now. - Dale & Shirley Filbrun Wright
Shirley Wright Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM
I have many memories of Mr. Stryker from Monroe High school. Deepest sympathy to Anna Lee and the Stryker family. Duane and Nancy Wright
Duane E Wright Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM
A good man, a great teacher and a good life of 95 years. He will be missed by many past students, family and friends.
Gary Trump Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM
I will always remember Mr. Stryker for 2 things. His burr haircut and his corny saying "Debits and credits go together like ham and eggs, salt and pepper, Laurel and Hardy." My condolences to the family and may he rest in peace. Pam (Pence) Blacker, class of '76
Pam Blacker Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM
To this day, when I get behind the wheel of a vehicle, Mr. Stryker's words come to mind: "Hands at 10 & 2"; and before entering the highway, "Left, Right, Left!". Education lost a great teacher and administrator. RIP, Mr. Stryker. LeeAnn Parks Laird
LEEANN Laird Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM
Mr Stryker was a great Teacher.Really got to know him when he worked for my Dad during Summer break to build Houses. God Bless the family during this difficult time. Steven J Wheeler Eldorado Ohio
Steven Wheeler Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM
Nice man, Mr. Stryker was my main teacher in High School, got to know him as a person outside of school and saw him at the home while my mom was up there. He is the reason I can run my husband's business with knowledge and ease. Kent, I'm so sorry for your lost, but you had him a long time! Linda (Harrison) class of "66"
Linda Harrison Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM
Deepest sympathy to the Stryker family. When I coached basketball at National Trails Mr. Stryker was always supportive and positive to me. I glad he kept score three years for me. Roxie and I always looked for him and his wife at the Monroe alumni reunion. He touched many lives which means he had a good life. Bob & Roxie Ballard
Bob & Roxie Ballard Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM
My friend Alan, I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. My sympathy and prayers to you and your family.
Rhonda Quick Dec 8 2020 12:00 AM