(May 31, 1945 - December 28, 2011)
On December 28th, we lost a lifelong friend to all, Max Strickert. He was born to Karl and Pearl Strickert on May 31, 1945 in Scott City, Kansas, a place that he held close to his heart for the rest of his life. In his younger days, he graduated from Scott City High with many friends that remained for a life time. From 1965 to 1969, he served in the US Navy and spending most of his time aboard the USS Porterfield, gaining the taste for the seas that never left him as sailing and boating formed the man he was. In 1967, he met his lifelong love Linda in San Diego , California and married her in 1968. Max and Linda began building a life together having their first child Carin Lynn Strickert later in 1968. In 1969, he joined IBM and moved to Los Angeles beginning his career with a twenty-five year stent with office machines. In 1971, they moved to Van Nuys , California and Max had his second child Todd Alan Strickert. In 1979, the family moved to San Pedro , California a place where he opened his own business and regained his passion for the sea. He loved sailing in the Pacific Ocean ; owning a series of sailboats and crewing on several Sailing Racing Crews. In 1987, Max was blessed with his first of six grandchildren Miranda, followed by Josh, Hope and Grace from Carin and Alan and Aaron from Todd. Max as a grandfather demonstrated an amazing amount of love and pride for his grandchildren. In 1990, he moved to Las Vegas , Nevada and pursued an adventure to find the perfect profession and lifestyle for Linda and himself. In 2001, Max and Linda joined Todd and his wife, Maureen in the purchase of a home in Fairfield , California where he watched his family grow on a daily basis. He showed great joy while living everyday life with his grandchildren. In 2010, Linda passed and Max’s demonstration of unconditional love and faithfulness was ended after forty-two years. He had a courageous five year fight with cancer that coincided with years of making lasting memories. During this fight, he continued to gain friends and loved ones in the Kaiser Permanente Chemo Department. We must give a special thanks to them for all their support and amazing care. He carried on with a passion for life and love just as he had done his entire life. Even during his struggle with cancer, Max created lasting memories of love and friendship in all the people who met and knew him. Max has left behind two sisters Karyl Holister and Laurel Binns and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins in the Strickert and See Families along with the Vaught family members that were gained through marriage with Linda Vaught. He regarded and felt them to be blood relatives, one in the same always. He leaves numerous nephews and nieces in the Strickert and Vaught families that will remember him always as the happy sort he was. He will also leave behind those special friends that he shared his zest for life with. His two children Carin and Todd along with their spouses Jon and Maureen and six grandchildren will always love him and miss him dearly. Max’s Family will host a family dinner that is a celebration of life. Afterwards, we ask that all join us for a celebratory night of toasts and remembering for all that he touched. This will be at 6:30 pm on January 7th at one of his favorite places, the Blue Frog Grill in Fairfield , California In lieu of flowers, please help support Scott County Hospital/Caring Hearts Caring Hands. Donations can be sent, care of Laurel Binns 1011 College St. Scott City, Kansas 67871 Remember Hefeweizen over flowers.
Obituary courtesy of Price and Sons Funeral Homes of Garden City, Scott City, Leoti and Tribune.