Robert “Bob” Stricker of Longton, KS, was taken from this world too soon at the age of 57, on December 23, 2021 in Longton.
Bob was born October 22, 1964 in Billings, MT to Edward and Cathleen (Schlegel) Stricker. He grew up alongside 3 siblings, moving around the country following his dad’s career as an airplane mechanic in the Air Force. Eventually the family ended up in Wichita, KS. Bob attended school in Kiowa, KS, where he graduated High School.
Bob went on to further his education at an Auto Mechanic Technical school in Wichita and learned a trade that would continue to be a passion of his for the rest of his life. He loved working on vehicles and everyone knew if they needed something fixed, to bring it to him.
In his early 40’s, Bob moved to the Elk County area and worked at different restaurants, before making Longton his home. For the last 5 years, he worked at Elk Valley schools. He was known to be a warm and caring person with a huge heart; the staff and children adored him, and will miss his big smile.
Bob was loved by everyone in the community that knew him, and was known to help anyone in need, whether it was mechanical work or taking care of people. He always had that big smile on his face, and was given the nick name “Smiling Bob”.
Bob is survived by his sister Lori McGinnis of Kansas City, MO
Nieces and nephews, Chrystal Hawkins, Jonathan Sticker, Nathan Wright, Mandy Stricker, Preston Jones and Duncan Jones
A community full of friends
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rick Stricker and Pete Stricker
Cremation has been requested, with a memorial service to be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 8, 2021 at the Longton United Methodist Church.
Inurnment will follow in the Longton Cemetery
Memorial contributions in Bob’s name can be made to the organization of your choice, and can be mailed to or left with the funeral home.
Services entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, KS 67349