Murphy Funeral Homes


Michael Lewis Strickler

July 28, 1948May 25, 2021

Michael Lewis Strickler, age 72, of Falls Church, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Michael was born July 28, 1948.

A visitation for Michael will be held Friday, June 4, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Murphy Funeral Homes, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046. An interment service will occur Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Strickler family.


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 4, 2021

  • Interment Service

    Saturday, June 5, 2021


Michael Lewis Strickler

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Wayne Murphy

June 7, 2021

I first met Mike thru Doug Swick back in the 70's.

I would travel from Pennsylvania to Falls Church to hang with these guys. It was always a memorable adventure.

"Drinkin...Drinkin... Drinkin on Lincoln"

Paula Harris

June 5, 2021

Deep Sadness at Mike’s passing.

After so many years there doesn’t seem to be enough I can say about Mike, to do him justice but I will say that on this journey of life, Mike was a good guy to have around. I remember the loyalty and love he had for his family and friends. There was always so
much pride, and joy and compassion whenever he spoke of them, they were extensions of himself.

Mike could take the ordinary and make it, extraordinary. He had a zest for living. Mike made adventure – like magic, and those around him, special. Mike was special, he was gifted and great! He was loved and will be remembered. Mike was, “The Good.”
Rest in peace and with love, Michael. Amen.

Renee Ferguson

June 4, 2021

Michael had a very kind and gentle soul. He loved his Aunt Rosella (my mom) and when we were burned out of our town in Paradise, Ca, Michael reached out to us with much love and concern. When my mom passed away, guess who reached out again with heartfelt condolences? Michael, I wish I could have gotten to know you better - may your sweet soul rest in peace and at the feet of Jesus.

Teresa Laffey (Donohue)

June 4, 2021

Very sad news about Michael’s passing. Didn’t know him well, but enjoyed his company on a couple of family occasions, one being a celebration of my mother’s birthday at the Knights of Columbus in Melrose, MA. Michael surprised us with his visit. I remember dancing with him, a slow dance, and quite an amusing portrayal of a 6’4” guy dancing with a 4’9” shrimp. I thought he was magnificent for doing that even though I wasn’t exactly looking him in the eye! We’ll miss you Michael! ❤️ Love cousin Teresa from Boston

Ada Evans

June 3, 2021

My condolences to Mike's family.

I will always remember the great service that Mike did a few years ago for my husband Dave, who was disabled post-stroke and forced to use a mobility scooter and wanted ramp access to his man cave in a separate building here on our property. Despite his own physical issues, Mike came over and built Dave a ramp! Being able to get to his man cave meant the world to Dave (d. March 4, 2021). In addition, Mike kept in touch with Dave and stopped by from time to time. In sum, Mike brightened the last years of Dave's life, and for that, I will be eternally grateful. Mike, you have earned your eternal rest.

Winston Coley

June 2, 2021

I first met Mike thru his service with the American Legion Post# 130 Honor Guard in Falls Church, Virginia. They way Mike always handled himself and the Legion Honor Guard was an inspiration to me and the other members of Post# 130.

Rest in Peace Mike. You've earned it.

Winston Coley

Bob & Mary Nagle

June 2, 2021

We have known Mike for many years, and are proud to call him a friend. Mike and I had many good laughs and good times at the American Legion in F.C., and we always shared memories of the good times we had. He will be sorely missed.

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family.

Bob and Mary Nagle

Jim and Debbie Martin

June 1, 2021

We are so very sorry for the loss of your brother Mike and our good friend of 47 years. Our brother and good friend will truly be missed. Mike was like a brother, as we had many good times together and quite a few rough nights. It was a great privilege and honor to have been his best man at his wedding. So many good times and fond memories we have and will cherish forever. Shooting pool till early hours of the morning, playing poker, hunting, fishing, cooking and camping out with friends and family sometimes 3 miles out in the woods and sometimes in an old abandoned cabin. Always him looking out for me and me looking out for him, watching our backs. Good bye old friend and brother. With lots of love, till we see you again.

Sincerely, Jim and Debbie Martin

Michael Miller

May 31, 2021

To the Strickler family, I am sorry to here about the passing of your brother Michael, I grew up going to school with Kevin and playing with Kevin and Mark, the other brothers Bobby and Mike use to give us a hard time cause they were older than us , but that's what older brothers are supposed to do right? I sure have a lot of memories growing up hanging around the Strickler's , Miller's and McCauley's, again so sorry to here about Mike.

Mike Miller

Richard Garhart

May 30, 2021

Mike was one of the most adventurous friends that I had ever had, we were friends for 45+ years camping trips, fishing trips ,good times in solomons md mike played a big role in the lives of my 2 sons growing up, as recent as 2015 driving across country to California with both of my sons landmarks such as Mickey Gilleys in Amarillo, driving out along old Route 66 through the desert, stopping at the Grand Canyon. Spending a week in Burbank at my sons place, we enjoyed happy hours in Hollywood and Beverly Hills and sight seeing in LA. This trip fulfilled one of Mike’s bucket list. We had a great time and I can not even mention all the occasions we enjoyed through the years not to mentions many redskins games and tailgate parties. Mike will be missed by me and my family. Rest In Peace brother