Dana C. Strickler

Jun 27, 2013

Loving husband and father

CYLDE — Dana Cleve Strickler, 76, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville.

He was a native of Fall Branch, Tennessee.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lynette McClure Strickler; his parents, Lester Lee and Eva Smith Strickler; and a sister, Patsy S. Hensley.

Dana graduated high school and enrolled at East Tennessee State University at age 16, where he received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1957.

Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant.  He was later employed as a chemist at Dayco International Corporation for 31 years.  Upon his retirement, Dana obtained his realtor’s license.

His many hobbies included woodworking, and he especially loved to turn bowls, modestly signing his pieces as “Crudely crafted by Dana.”

Dana was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Waynesville.  He was active in the men’s Sunday school class and had previously served on the board of the Haywood Chapter of Youth for Christ.

He is survived by his wife of more than 24 years, Anita Ratcliff Strickler; a son, Brett Anthony Strickler, and his wife, Mary Jane, of Fall Branch, Tennessee; two brothers, the Rev. Carl Strickler and his wife, Janis, of Kingsport, Tennessee and G. Mark Strickler and his wife, Beverly, of Fall Branch, Tennessee; six grandchildren, Desireé, Billy, Jacob, Dylan, Cody and Anthony; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Waynesville with the Rev. Robert Prince officiating.  Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. prior to services in the chapel of the church.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Waynesville general fund, P.O. Box 690, Waynesville, NC  28786 or Good Samaritan’s Clinic of Waynesville, 34 Sims Circle, Waynesville, NC  28786.

An on-line memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.