Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory

3201 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE


Thomas "Tom" Dale Stricker

February 13, 1955February 10, 2020

Thomas Dale “Tom” Stricker, 64, of Scottsbluff, entered into God’s Heavenly Kingdom on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Regional West Medical Center. Tom was born February 13, 1955 in Scottsbluff to Leo and Wilma (Grabe) Stricker. He attended Special Ed School at Bayard beginning at age ten when Special Ed programs were established in the Nebraska public schools, strongly advocated for by his parents. He then spent about 40 years participating in workshop programs through the Office of Human Development. Tom’s extended family was multiplied by his residency in OHD group homes through the years.

Tom was always surrounded by love and care of his family and his caregivers. Every weekend was spent with his parents, enjoying Saturday morning westerns, attending church & enjoying the hymns, and sharing family meals and trips, until mobility hindered his ability to move about. He loved playing fetch with his dog, tossing football and softball with his nieces and nephews, bowling, and cheering on any football team on TV. He was proud of his many medals and trophies won in years of Special Olympics. Tom was a John Wayne and a Johnny Cash fan, loving country western music and watching probably every John Wayne movie ever made – many times over!

Tom is survived by his mother Wilma Stricker of Gering; brother Tim (Sandi) Stricker, Scottsbluff; sister Kathy (Paul) Rainbolt, Ft. Collins, CO; 2 nieces, 3 nephews, and many extended family members, as well as his loving and committed caregivers, most recently Ruby Arriaga and her staff. Tom was preceded in death by his father Leo.


  • Faith United Church Of Christ


  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 13, 2020


Thomas "Tom" Dale Stricker

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Silvia Alderman

February 13, 2020

Please accept our sympathy. You are in our prayers.

Silvia and Mike Alderman

Randy White

February 12, 2020

Thank you Tom for all the memories. Rest easy my friend. You are now made whole.

MaryAnn Schrage

February 11, 2020

I recall taking care of this special man years ago.. He not only loved John Wayne, he WAS John Wayne. God bless you Tim and Sandi and family. Tom is His arms as we speak. The world just keeps getting smaller and smaller. The joy Tom is experiencing!!! I CAN ONLY IMAGINE!!! My favorite Christian film.

Delbert Fritzler

February 11, 2020

Delbert remembers riding the bus with all the neighborhood kids, he wishes the family peace and prayers.

Brandon Bressett

February 11, 2020

I use to help take care of Tom at his group home. He was always full of smiles. So kind to his roommates. An amazing guy full of love and laughs. You will be dearly missed

Melissa Schanaman

February 11, 2020

Tom will be remembered by many things his love for football, telling staff to look at all of that snow. The love he had for taking long baths, and how he always wanted "two" during meal times. So, that's what he got two of everything. Tom will be missed by his OHD family and friends.