Charles A. Strickler



Charles “Chuck” A. Strickler age 90 of Fort Myers, Florida formerly of Brashear, Missouri died October 6, 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida.


Born in 1921 on the family farm in northern Missouri he was a son of Clyde and Minnie Murray Strickler.


In 1944 he was united in marriage to Margaret Fay Gerhold and she preceded him in death on May 13, 2010.


He will be missed greatly by his step-son, Larry Ledford and wife, Connie of Brashear, Missouri; two granddaughters, Tammy and Dana, three great-grandchildren and his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Clara Strickler also of Brashear, Missouri.


Charles, or Chuck, as he was called served his country during World War II. Chuck started off in Quincy, Illinois, driving a city bus and working at Coca-Cola for about a year. He then went to Rockford, Illinois and worked for the U.S. Tobacco Company. After moving back to Kirksville, Missouri he became head of the men’s clothing department at Montgomery Ward. He was then engaged in farming for three years, after which he operated the Chicken Inn from 1950 to 1957.


He and Margaret moved to Wichita, Kansas where they both worked for Cessna Aircraft for fifteen years. Charles and his step-son, Larry Ledford then purchased the Brashear Oil Company. After twenty-three years he retired and Larry took over.


In 1983 he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and in 1984 to Fort Myers. He managed the Siesta Bay Boys western band for fifteen years and made lots of happy friends. Chuck was a great story teller; he had a great life and was happiest when playing country or bluegrass music on his old Martin guitar. He was a Freemason and Shriner in St. Joseph, Missouri.


Chuck’s wishes were to be cremated and returned to Kirksville, Missouri for burial at a later time.


Arrangements are under the direction of Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, LLC, 408 E, Morgan, Edina, MO.hrimer@marktwain.net