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Ned and Gail Strickler

Funeral services for Ned and Gail Strickler were held on Monday morning, Sept. 22, 2008 at Louisburg Lutheran Church. Pastor Brad Larson officiated at the services. Pricilla Crary was the organist and Becky Larson was soloist.

Honorary bearers were Clay Paxton and David Bates. Casketbearers for Ned were Josh Strickler, Mike Meyer, Terry Litke, Dave Evenson, Jim Roach, and Maynard Meyer. Casketbearers for Gail were Joseph Pachokas, Andrew Bates, Steve Paxton, Aaron Larson, Alec Larson, Adam Bates, Matt Paxton, and Schuyler Larson. Interment was in the Louisburg Lutheran Cemetery.

Ned Harding Strickler, Jr., was born on Dec. 31, 1947, in Newport News, Virginia to Ned and Bernice L. (Lawrence) Strickler, Sr. He was baptized at North Riverside Baptist Church in Newport News. Ned attended Ferguson High School and graduated from Hargrave Military Academy.

He worked for several years as a plumber at the shipyards in Biloxi, Miss. before he was disabled. In January 1995 he was married to Gail A. Richard. Ned was an avid ham-radio operator and spent as many hours as possible talking to people all over the world. He also enjoyed listening to birds, gardening, and listening to books on tape with Gail. He had a great sense of humor, loved to talk, and was always thoughtful of other's feelings. He was a member of Louisburg Lutheran Church and the Dawson ham-radio club.

Ned died on Monday, Sept. 15, in an automobile accident. He had reached the age of 60 years, 8 months, and 14 days.

He is survived by his brother, Ken (Deb) Strickler of Glenn Allen, Virginia; niece, Kelly Strickler; two nephews: Josh C. Strickler and Brent M. Strickler; four step-children: Andrew (Katharine) Bates of Mascoutah, Ill., Deborrah (Aaron) Larson of Ortonville, Melissa (Steve) Paxton of Chesapeake, Va., and Joseph Pachokas and his fiancee, Catherine Larson, of Louisburg; seven step-grandchildren: David, Danielle, and Adam Bates, Schuyler and Alec Larson, and Matthew and Clay Paxton; sister-in-law, Claire Everhart, of Westport, Conn.; and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Gail Alma Strickler was born on Jan. 17, 1940, at Brooklyn, N.Y., to Elmer H. and Mabel (Dauerenheim) Richard. She was baptized at Bethany Methodist Church and was confirmed at New Utrecht Dutch Reformed Church. She graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, N.Y..

She was married to Ned Strickler, Jr., in Jan. 1995 in Newport News, Va. Throughout her life she worked as secretary for different companies, as a certified nursing assistant, and also as a home health aid. She had deep respect for the young and the old that she cared for.

She loved to bird watch, garden, decorate, craft, and knit. She loved decorating glass and other items with paint. Nothing gave her greater joy than to be with her children. She belonged to the knitting group at Village Crafts in Ortonville. She and Ned were members of Louisburg Lutheran Church. Gail had a heart of gold and loved her family deeply and unconditionally. She loved to make people laugh.

Gail died on Monday afternoon, Sept. 15, at the St. Cloud Hospital as the result of an automobile accident. She had reached the age of 68 years, 7 months, and 28 days.

She is survived by four children: Andrew (Katherine) Bates of Mascoutah, Ill., Deborrah (Aaron) Larson of Ortonville, Melissa (Steve) Paxton of Chesapeake, Va., and Joe Pachokas (fiancee Catherine Larson) of Louisburg; seven grandchildren: David, Danielle and Adam Bates, Schuyler and Alec Larson, and Matthew and Clay Paxton; her sister, Claire Everhart, of Westport, Conn.; her brother-in-law, Ken (Deb) Strickler of Richmond, Va.; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Timothy Martin Bates; and brother, Ronald Richard.