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Donald (LeRoy) Strunk, 92, was called home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on August 6, 2013. He was born August 15, 1920 to Martin Luther and Elsie Lamora Mellor Strunk in Huntington Park, CA. He was preceded by the death of Martha Strunk, his wife of 53 years in Yuba City; and his youngest son, Grant Strunk in Azusa, CA.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Strunk of Yuba City; his son, Loren Strunk of Portland, Oregon; step- sons, Greg and Alan Skinner of Broomfield, CO and Springfield, OR; grandchildren and a great-grandchild; and his nephews, Brian and Ken Estes.
He loved camping, spending winters in Yuma, AZ, taking cruises with Helen and seeing and talking with his grandchildren.
In 1942 he joined the U.S. Army and served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, 39 months. After being discharged December 1945, he attended both UCLA and Farragut College in Coeur d' Alene, ID on the G.I. Bill. In 1948 he joined the LA County Sheriff's Dept. Wanting to settle down and start a family, he met and married his love, Martha. In 1954, he was sworn in as a Deputy in the LA County Marshall's Office and later became a Sergeant. In 1959, he became a Security Manager at Sears. Sometime later (70's) he retired to Vista, CA, but worked part time at a tasting room at a winery and then moved on as part time custodian for the schools. By the time he fully retired in 1984, he was Director of Operations for the Vista School District. Now he and Martha RV'd throughout the U.S. with friends even visiting Strunk, Kentucky.
In 1988, LeRoy and Martha moved to Yuba City where they attended St. John's Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry 8 years. He was a volunteer in the Sheriff's Department, served as an Election Board Administrator, served on the Grand Jury, and was a Hearing Officer for Yuba City and Marysville for parking violations. He was a member of Enterprise Lodge #70 of Yuba City and served as Masonic Chaplain several years.
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, August 25 at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriner's Children Hospital or Mother Hubbard Cupboard at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 21, 2013