OBITUARY

Samuel Glen Strickler

November 29, 1951January 6, 2012

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Sam Glen Strickler who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Sam was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Sam knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

Sam was born on November 29, 1951 in Los Angeles, California. His parents were Kenneth and Jenny Strickler. Even as a youngster, Sam learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life. Sam’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Del Mar High School in 1969.

Sam was raised with two siblings. He had an older sister, Mary Kay, and an older brother, Ken. Sam had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family. For Sam, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced. His upbringing helped form him to be the man he became later in life.

Sam was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Sam was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others laughing . He was not afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Sam came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were John Koss and Dave Massa. Later in life, he became friends with Roger, Pam and Tim Pearce, John and Diana Koss, and so many more.

On August 13, 1994 Sam exchanged wedding vows with Tori Ferreira at their home in Milpitas, California. One of Sam’s most endearing qualities was spending time with his family and friends.

Sam was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Sam would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Sam was blessed with two children, one daughter, Jamie, and one son, Jason.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Sam was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Sam was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Sam upheld his standards. His primary occupation was as a Stationary Engineer. He was employed for 10 years at NASA. Sam was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Sam was an Air Force veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1969 and served in Texas and Thailand. Sam then transferred to Tactical Air Command and served in the Mojave Desert and New Mexico.

Sam approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were collecting cars, guns, and spending time with family and friends. Sam was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. Some of Sam's favorite vacations were Hot August Nights ,Disneyland and Oregon.

Sam passed away on January 6, 2012 at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, California due to complications from surgery. He is survived by his wife Tori; his children Jamie and Jason; his mother Jenny; his sister Mary Kay; and his brother Ken. Services were held at Oak Hill Funeral Home in the Chapel of Roses in San Jose, California.

All who knew him would agree that Sam was a very unique, fun loving man. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Samuel Glen Strickler did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 21, 2012
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Pam

March 6, 2012

Oh my girlfriend......I can't imagine the void you are feeling..I do know that you will find those hidden strengths that will keep you moving forward. Love you SO MUCH!

Roger Pam and Tim

March 6, 2012

We Love and Miss you SO MUCH Sam...
there is some comfort knowing you are with your Dad and now, also with your Mom.

Tori Strickler

March 6, 2012

Eight weeks ago today at 5:00pm I had to make the hardest decision ever. I had to say good-by and let you go. I know in my heart that I made the right choice as I knew that at that point you were to tired to fight it anymore. I will never forget wiping the final two big tears from your right eye.I will also cherish our final words together as they were taking you to surgery.You said, I love you so much baby,I will be okay. I gave you a big kiss, and said I love you to honey. Everyday I cry for you, as I struggle to get out of bed and live another day without you. I miss everything about you. When I come home from work at night I still can hear you say "there's my wife". My life will never be the same without you. You were so many things to me,as well as the best husband and dad anyone could wish for.I will never understand why you had to leave me, but I do know that you no longer have to worry about shots, pills or being in any pain.I also know that when you come for me, I will be ready and we will be together again.I look forward to being in your arms again. Until that time, I will love you now and forever. Your loving wife. Tori

Tori Strickler

February 15, 2012

Happy Valentines Day my love.
Life goes on but for me my life has changed forever. I think about you everyday. I miss your sense of humor, your smile, and your hugs. But most of all I miss my best friend and soul mate. I will never be the person I once was, the person you helped me become but I will try to continue to make you proud of me. I will never forget you or the special love that we shared. I look forward to being with you again but until then, I will love you forever. Rest in peace my love.

Your wife now and forever,

February 13, 2012

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February 13, 2012

David Massa

February 12, 2012

Just a final, lingering thought to add: I love you, brother. And I'll think of you often.

February 10, 2012

Joanna Chan

February 10, 2012

I wish I could've been there that day. I wish things could've gone differently. I wish you were here so that one day you would help raise our children as you did with Jamie and Jason. I know that without your influence, they would not be the exceptional people they are today. I want to thank you for that, because even though you are no longer with us, I know that you are never really gone. We will miss you so much.