Gering Memorial Chapel

1755 11th St., Gering, NE


Charlie Stricker

July 19, 1934March 23, 2020

Charlie Stricker, 85 of Gering, Nebraska passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020 at his home. Floral tributes may be delivered to Gering Memorial Chapel for the visitation which will be held from 4-7 on Monday March 30, 2020.

Charlie was born July 19, 1934 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Fred and Mary (Reib) Stricker. He attended Gering High School. He farmed and fed cattle and pigs with his family in Gering Valley. He joined the National Guard at the age of 18 and served for 5 years.

On June 10, 1956 he married Jovetta Yekel. Together they farmed raising sugar beets, corn, beans, and 5 kids. Charlie’s life revolved around many aspects of farming as he received several High Ten Beet Awards and was an assistant 4-H Leader.

Charlie and his family spent several years tractor pulling. He also enjoyed restoring old tractors. He served as a deacon in his church, Scottsbluff Zion, where he was a lifetime member. In his earlier years, Charlie enjoyed playing basketball, horseshoes, and bowling. He was an avid card player. He enjoyed any card game, but especially loved playing cribbage. He will always be remembered for his fun, competitive nature when playing any game. He also enjoyed watching sports, old westerns on repeat, and fishing. He loved his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids but also had a love for animals of all kinds. He will be missed by all of his friends at the Log Cabin where he would go every morning at 5 am for coffee and conversation.

Charlie is survived by his wife Jovetta of 63 years; his brothers Gary Stricker, Fred Stricker, Jr (Jody) all of Gering; his children Marianne Relka, Cathy (Mike) Kaufman, Deb (Kris) Lupher, Mark Stricker, and Charles, Jr. “C.J.” (Deanna) Stricker; his grandchildren Nicole (Eddie) Schwartz, Justin (Michael Ann) Relka, Brittney (Jason) Moore, Ashley (Levi) Keener, Tessa (Jeremy) Burgener, Marlee Lupher, Alex Lupher; 14 beautiful great-grandchildren; and several extended family members.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wilbert (Betty) Stricker, Floyd Stricker, and Jerry Stricker; and sister-in-law Dee Stricker.


  • Justin Relka, Casket Bearer
  • Alex Lupher, Casket Bearer
  • Jason Moore, Casket Bearer
  • Levi Keener, Casket Bearer
  • Jeremy Burgener, Casket Bearer
  • Eddie Schwartz, Casket Bearer
  • Nichole Schwartz, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brittney Moore, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ashley Keener, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tessa Burgener, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Marlee Lupher, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Michael Ann Relka, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Scottsbluff Zion Church


  • Visitation Monday, March 30, 2020


Charlie Stricker

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Ron & Rose Greckel

March 30, 2020

Our thoughts & prayers are with all the Stricker family. Charlie was a great friend & we loved him dearly. Each morning at 6:00, Charlie passed by our house on his way home from the Log Cabin Cafe. We would always look forward & watch for his wave & honk as he passed by. Charlie was one of a kind. Always happy, fun, brought smiles to everyone & never knew a stranger.
This is very hard to realize our great friend has left us. We are unable to attend the services,
But out thoughts, prayers & love will be right there with you all.
May God comfort each of the family & friends.
Ron & Rose Greckel & family

Lonnie and Rhonda OBryan

March 29, 2020

Delivered his mail with his daughter Deb as my sub. Rhonda knew the daughters. Good person and raised a fine family.

Duane Baggs

March 27, 2020

Sorry to read of Charlie's passing please except my condolences.
Was a great person and know he will be greatly missed. Enjoyed working with him, his father and brothers when constructing grain bin for them.