OBITUARY

James "Stro" Robert Strohecker

November 21, 1930January 30, 2019
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James Robert Strohecker; formally of Annapolis, Maryland, known to his family and friends as "Stro", passed away peacefully in Fort Pierce, Florida on January 30, 2019 at the age of 88. He was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1930 to the late Florence and Clair Strohecker.

Stro received an Engineering degree from Princeton University. He served as 1st Lieutenant in the Army Artillery Group during the Korean War. He was the owner/operator of a construction company, Strohecker, Inc., that he established in 1961 and his children proudly continue today. Stro was one of the founding members of the Anne Arundel County Utility Contractors Association. He loved his work but truly enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren, his boat, his dogs, golfing with his friends, and fishing adventures.

James is survived by his wife Marilyn, four children; James (Monica) Strohecker, Lizabeth (Andrew) O’Mahoney, Robert (Linda) Strohecker, and Lisa (David) Channell, three step-children; Pamela (Steven) Phipps, Peter Portney, and Dean (Kimberly) Portney. He is also survived by his fifteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and numerous loving friends.

Relatives and friends may call at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. 147 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401 on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. A private funeral service and interment will be held at Maryland Veteran Cemetery, Crownsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name to Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate will be appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
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James "Stro" Robert Strohecker

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Bonnie Tunstall

February 8, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately i know the feeling of grief well. My prayers are with you.
If there's anything I can do please feel free to contact me.

Jamie Morrissette

February 4, 2019

My grandfather wrote this quote down for his grandkids about 10 years ago:
“The same wind blows on us all, the difference is the set of the sail.”
It has become my personal mantra.

He always called me “Jamie Beth.”
He thought I would grow up to be a writer.
He gave me my first copy of Little Women, inscribed “to [his] favorite authorette.” It’s always been my favorite novel.
He loved Hemingway, Jack London...literary giants who wrote of adventure.
Not everyone knows he named his boat after “The Wake of the Red Witch.”
One of my earliest memories was riding around with him in a red Jeep, listening to Donna Summer. I always imagined I’d drive a Jeep one day. I actually do now.
We ate at McDonalds (a lot). We just couldn’t tell anyone how often we went there (a few times a day).
He always smelled of chewing tobacco. Even after he gave it up a long time ago.
My first solo flight was to spend Christmas in Florida with him. I‘ve loved flying ever since.
His mind was sharp as a tack and constantly spinning, just like the free spool reel he perfected and patented what seems like only a few short years ago.
An alumnus of Princeton and an engineer, he started several businesses and provided work for many people who still remember and respect him.
He went back to college in his seventies...just because.
Appreciating an education, he created scholarships so that others could benefit from the same opportunities he was afforded.
I did not end up an engineer nor a business owner, but I hope to make the same impact on others in my career.
I know whatever path I take, he is proud of me just the same.
A veteran.
An inspiration.
A true intellectual.
This is how I remember him.
My admiration of him, and the life he led, is as deep as the ocean and as blue as the gulf stream.
And I know every time I go off shore, I’ll always think of him.
Missing you, Grandpop. Anchors aweigh. ⚓️💙

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