Pastor Gary L. Strike, age 64, met his Savior, Jesus, face to face on Sunday, December 8, 2013.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” – Psalm 116:15. Man of God, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, mentor, leader, and servant – Gary served his Lord and Savior, his loving family, and his country with his life. All who knew him enjoyed his unique sense of humor, his uncanny ability to connect with people and his desire to see everyone know Christ and grow in their walk with the Lord. Gary left a legacy of love, laughter and learning to all who knew him. He was born September 25, 1949 in Iola, WI; son of Willis and Dolores (Doerfler) Strike. Gary served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from May 10, 1968 – May 9, 1972. On September 27, 1969, Gary married Violet Engle in Palos Park, Illinois and together they have shared 44 years of marriage. He ministered to all branches of military with Campus Crusade for Christ International in San Diego, CA. God called Gary to pastor at Faith Community Church of Waupaca on September 1, 1999 which he did faithfully and passionately until the time of his death. He will be deeply missed by all of his loving family and many friends.
Gary is survived by: His Loving Wife: Violet Strike of Waupaca, WI Two Sons: James Strike of Waupaca, WI Jeffery (Elle) Strike of Minneapolis, MN Two Granddaughters: Olive and Lila Strike Two Sisters: Selene “Lele” (Jerry) Finch of Neenah, WI Patti (Don) Weiland of Waupaca, WI Brothers-in-law: Vernon (Peg) Engle of Stevens Point, WI Rich (Fran) Engle of Waupaca, WI David (Pam) Engle of Waupaca, WI Sister-in-law: Carol (Steve) Buck of Waupaca, WI. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Dolores Strike; in-laws, Vernon and Betty Engle; two brothers-in-law, Robert and Alfred Engle; and a sister-in-law, Sue Ann Haase.
A Celebration of Gary’s Life will be on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Faith Community Church in Waupaca, WI with full military honors performed. Pastor Eric Tober, Pastor Paul Stevens, and Dan Brygger will officiate. A visitation will be held on Thursday evening, Dec. 12, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca and again on Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM at the church. Burial will be at Lakeside Memorial Park in Waupaca. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in the name of Gary L. Strike. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.