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2016-01-21

Walter Edward Stricker

1947-2016

Walter Edward Stricker, 68, of Pipe Creek, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13.
He was born in San Antonio on March 19, 1947, to Adolph Julius Stricker and Harriet Inez Buck. Walter married Virginia Mazurek on June 7, 1969, in Bandera at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.
While attending school in Bandera, he also took care of the family ranch and welding shop.
While serving in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971, Walter was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, where his wife and first son joined him. By the end of his posting to Germany, he had earned the rank of E6.
After returning from the service, Walter and his wife lived in Bandera and he worked as a carpenter, welder, water well driller and rancher. He never met a stranger and loved to tell his stories - wild and true. Everyone who knew Walter was acquainted with his one-of-a-kind storytelling.
Walter is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Walter Jr., Linden Rhea, Brandon and Jennifer; nine siblings, Adolph Julius Jr. and his wife, Tara; Rose Mary Parker; Harriet Inez Timmons and her husband, Bruce; Laura Jane Pichot and her late husband, Dennis; Willie Lee and Billie; Deborah Fay Sutton and her husband, James; Janet Gaye Evans and her husband, Mike; Lou Ellen Varner and her husband, Donald; and Charles Howard; and grandson Jason Stricker.
He was predeceased by his parents, and four siblings, Annie Katherine Ellis and her husband, Randy; infants Preston Mathias; and Alice Mae; and Linden Rhea.
A memorial gathering was held on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Pipe Creek Community Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.