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Stephen Jay Strickland
June 29, 1958 ~ August 2, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Stephen “Steve” J. Strickland
June 29, 1958-August 2, 2023
ELKHART-Stephen “Steve” J. Strickland, 65, passed away August 2, 2023, at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born June 29, 1958, in Houston, TX.
On December 31, 1991, he married Linda Bryant; she preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Nola (Donald) Crocker, grandparents who raised him, Edwin & Mabel Vantine, 3 siblings, Karen Schrock, Mike Strickland, and Kevin Strickland.
Surviving are 3 children, Joshua Strickland, Jill (Kory) Smith, Lee “Eddie” Carpenter, 7 grandchildren, Brooke and Lyndsay Strickland, Jayson and Lilly Smith, Justin, Coty and Tori Carpenter. Also surviving are 2 siblings, Kenny (Patty) Strickland, Lynne (Chuck) Kelley, numerous nieces and nephews.
Steve was a proud U.S. Marine Veteran and after serving was in the Reserves for many years. He was also member of the Osceola American Legion and owned Affordable Comfort for many years where he had the great pleasure of working with so many loyal customers until his retirement. Steve enjoyed cooking, horseback riding, shooting guns, traveling, going on cruises, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.
Military honors will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Omega Event Center 2130 Middlebury Street Elkhart, IN 46516. A celebration of life gathering will follow at Mr. G’s 708 Lincolnway W. Osceola, IN 46561.
Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.