Neil H. Strickler, 83, Army and PNG vet, ACME Markets retiree, enjoyed coffee with friends

By on January 24, 2018

Neil H. Strickler, 83, of Ephrata, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

Born in Penryn to the late Amos and Erma (Hollinger) Strickler, he was the husband of Vera (Waltz) Strickler who passed away on Dec. 20, 2017. They had been married for 59 wonderful years.

Neil attended Lititz High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army and also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was employed at ACME Markets for over 40 years before retiring, and was a longtime member of Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ephrata. He enjoyed his morning coffee gatherings with friends, playing cards and spending time with his family.

Neil is survived by his sons: Scott, and his wife, Marty, of Lakeland, Fla.; and John, and his wife, Vicki, of Ephrata; his daughter: Sandy Krotowski, and her husband, Stan, of Silverdale; five grandchildren: Jennifer Giera, and her husband, James; Devon and Ryan Strickler; Matthew and Megan Krotowski; a great-granddaughter: Grace Giera; two step-grandsons; and a brother: Clair Strickler of Ephrata.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters: Fay Kast and Joan Keller.

Services were Jan. 20 at Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ephrata, with Pastor Robert Kramer officiating. Interment was in the Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Neil’s memory may be made to Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, PA 17522; or the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA, 17603.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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