Eugene (Gene)  Stricker

Eugene (Gene) Francis Stricker

Wednesday, May 18th, 1938 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Eugene Francis Stricker, 82, Olathe, Kansas passed away Monday, July 20, 2020 peacefully at his home. A private family Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, July 24, 2020 with a Visitation following at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 South Center, Gardner, Kansas 66030 (913) 856-7111. Masks are required.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the American Legion in Gardner, Kansas. Condolences may be left at Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Gene was born May 18, 1938 in Spring Hill, Kansas to Roland and Mary (Bullock) Stricker. He was a lifelong area resident, graduating from Gardner High School in 1956. Gene was the owner of S & S Automotive, Gardner, Kansas for over 20 years. He married June Haverfield in Overland Park, Kansas, they enjoyed life together for over 40 years. His passions were cars and racing, especially NASCAR, and specifically watching any MOPAR win the race. Gene also enjoyed and spent time participating in auto shows. Gene was talented and a highly skilled genius at bringing cars back to life by painstakingly restoring them. His favorite restoration projects were Chrysler automobiles.

He was an active participant in the Johnson County Fair Parade in Gardner and attended BMW Motorcycle Rallies across the country. Gene loved telling stories while talking cars and very much loved his family and friends. Every now and then, throughout his life, you could find him showing off his dance skills on the dance floor. He will be remembered as being a unique, humble, intelligent, funny and driven man. Gene was a member of Divine Mercy (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Gardner, Kansas.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife June, his daughter Dianna Smith and her husband, James Utt, Leawood, Kansas, his stepson Doyle Haverfield and his wife Len; siblings: Jerry and Carole Stricker, Gardner, Kansas, Myrna and David Morrison, Spring Hill, Kansas, Katie Bond, Nixa, Missouri, Larry and Carrie Stricker, Gardner, Kansas and Joanne Fruits and Wil Wiering, Olathe, Kansas; five beautiful grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He will be deeply missed by all.
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    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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Jerry Juenemann

Posted at 09:24pm
Gene ::: He was a WOW kinda guy. He was AWESOME in every way. When I moved here, and then met him, and needed anything he was always more than willing to HELP.. Then I found out talking to the fine folks in Gardner. That he was always that way to everyone he knew. I'm sure most of the people in Gardner just like me,, still owe him several favors... I will never forget him, I really miss his laugh, and smile, Just so KIND... His automotive knowledge was unreal, and it was super fun to pick his brain for wisdom. He was the perfect friend, and brother a man could ever have. I MISS you Gene. Life really changed when you passed. I LOVE YA MAN.... MOPAR to you brother... Jerry Juenemann

Rodney J Willows

Posted at 07:18pm
God bless! Love Katie and Rod
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The Aubry Family

Posted at 04:04pm
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patricia crownover

Posted at 01:05pm
Dinnis and I are so very sorry for the loss of our friend Gene. Dinnis and Gene were particularly good friends and he will be sorely missed.

With our sincere condolences. Dinnis and Patty Crownover

Dinnis and Patty Crownover

Posted at 12:02pm
With deepest sympathy,
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