DiCicco & Sons Funeral Homes

5975 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, OH


John Michael Stropki Jr.

November 27, 1950May 11, 2019

JOHN MICHAEL STROPKI, Jr., age 68, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 11, 2019. John was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Mayfield High School. He earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. He began his 40+ year career at The Lincoln Electric Company as a summer maintenance employee and rose through the sales organization to become Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004. He retired from Lincoln Electric in 2013. John also served on the Boards of The Sherwin-Williams Company, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc, and Rexnord Corporation. John supported numerous industry associations and non-profit organizations.

Professionally, John had many successes and accolades but his greatest legacy is his family. One of his greatest joys during retirement was sharing fun-filled adventures, beach and pool time, treasure hunts, and lunar parties with his grandchildren. He was an avid Browns fan, had fun with his golf buddies, and enjoyed more leisure travel with Liz and their friends. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth (Liz) (nee Ardelean); daughter, Suzanne Broda (Michael) of Charlotte, NC; son, John Michael (Laura) of Hudson, Ohio; grandchildren Claire and Aubrey Broda and Lydia and James Stropki; sister Cathleen Spidalieri (Ben); brother Robert Stropki; numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the John Stropki Scholarship Fund at the AWS Foundation (issue check to: AWS Foundation) at AWS, Attn: John Stropki Scholarship Fund, 8669 NW 36th Street, Suite #130, Miami, FL 33166. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at DiCICCO & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 5975 MAYFIELD RD, MAYFIELD HTS., OH 44124 from 2-7. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 am Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection, 32001 Cannon Rd., Solon, OH 44139, Fr. Tom Dragga and Fr. Mark Hobson officiating. Please meet at the Church. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, OH. Online guest book and condolences www.diciccoandsonsfh.com


  • AWS Foundation (issue check to AWS Foundation)


  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, May 18, 2019


John Michael Stropki Jr.

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julio villafuerte

July 19, 2019

I had met John many times, in my good welding years, between 1996 and 2002 when I was associated with a number of welding suppliers and customers in the USA and Mexico. I must say that John was one of the finest senior executives that I ever met with a great deal of humbleness in his persona. A fine human being who would become the best friend to anyone. Once more, life proves to me how fragile and unpredictable it can be for we need to enjoy here and now whatever we have left to live. Rest in peace John that wherever you ended up, after this your trip on earth, we shall join you shortly to continue this, our trip through this universe.

Sam Thompson

May 21, 2019

I am saddened to hear of the passing of John. He was a great man. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you. I will pray for your family for comfort and peace today and everyday in the future.

Bob and Marguerite Nangle

May 17, 2019

Ever since meeting John, we enjoyed a genuine friendship. He knew how to work hard and play hard. How we laughed at our endless tennis matches. How we loved our Little League coaching in Naperville! Bob
Oh John, how we battled our wills! You always won. Why did I even try?!
We love you and will miss you endless teasing and great wit.

Love always, Bob and Marguerite

Jill (De Mars) Aker

May 17, 2019

I have known John, Mr. Stropki as I have always known him, since I was a little girl. My parents and John and Liz have been good friends since their college days. I will always remember John's laugh and his smile. He was always great fun to be around. He used to play with all of us children and chase us around playing games like "tag" and "hide and seek". John was always up for fun and when he was around you knew it was going to be a great time. Heaven just got a whole lot more fun and exciting since John Stropki arrived! He had a larger than life personality and his presence on this earth will be missed by those who loved and knew him well!
My deepest sympathy to Liz, Suzanne, and John Michael. May the wonderful memories you've created with your husband/father comfort and sustain you until your reunion with him in Heaven one day.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Jill De Mars Aker

Joseph Vavpetic

May 15, 2019

Mary and I would like to convey sympathy to Liz and the Stropki family.
Not only was John great leader at Lincoln Electric, he was even a better man. He rose through the ranks of Lincoln and became the last CEO and Chairman to be raised in the Lincoln culture. He got his position the old fashioned, he earned it!
He was appreciated and respected by all at Lincoln Electric . He embraced and cherished the Lincoln culture and all its employees. Those that heard him speak in good times and in bad could feel the emotion and sincerity John felt and projected.
John treated me with respect and his door was always open for advice and suggestions when life changing decisions needed to be made .
Good bye John, you left your mark at Lincoln Electric and your fellow employees. Your work is done, rest in peace.

William Kroll

May 15, 2019

Dear Elizabeth and family,
I have known John since 2001 when I returned to the gas industry as President of Matheson Tri-Gas and John became the President of Lincoln Electric. W e had a great relationship that started as customer/Supplier and transcended into common charitable values like the Boy Scouts of America for one. I smile every time I come into my home office and see the Scout statue John gave me for speaking at a Scout lunch for 950 people in downtown Cleveland he organized. John was a true gentleman and leader that held values like those of Scouting high. In every other situation I saw John work in from his staff at Lincoln to the industry associations he and have been part of in our careers he in my mind can only be described in two words, Class Act. His actions spoke so loudly I didn't hear the words he said. I will miss him greatly. God bless you Elizabeth and your family at this most difficult time.
Judy and Bill Kroll

Cathy Lincoln

May 15, 2019

On behalf of the Lincoln family we send our sincere condolences. John was much liked and admired by our parents, Jim and Emma. I enjoyed our talks and occasional lunch in the shop’s cafeteria. His charm, integrity, dedication and leadership will be well remembered and something to strive towards. We wish you peace and only the happiest of memories.

Ann Moran

May 15, 2019

John Stropki was my first boss with my first job after college starting in the Columbus Ohio office. John inspired me. John was always focused on the customer as a top priority. John organized tomorrow today and had incredible work ethic. I remember his love of the Browns and his love of family in addition to his keen business knowledge. I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with him and learn from his passion, energy and drive for excellence. RIP.

Kevin Lynn

May 14, 2019

When a person of John's caliber enters your life, you have been blessed. Mo and I have many fond memories with John, Liz, John Michael and Suzanne. Lincoln events, PSU games, etc. We are glad to have those indelible memories. Our prayers are with the whole Stropki family, and our smiles can happen because John and Liz are people of such high character, motivating, caring, and very meaningful in so many peoples' lives.

Terry DeMars

May 14, 2019

My wife Judy and I send our heartfelt condolences to Liz, John, Suzanne and their entire family.
My brother Jerry and I shared too many adventures at Purdue to mention but our times with John will always be treasured. God got a good man in John

Terry DeMars