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Wilbur "Jake" Striker Pitcher Cleveland Indians 1959
DALLAS, OR: Wilbur "Jake" Striker passed away at his home with his son, Scott, at his side, on March 7th, 2013. Jake was the son of George and Ruth Striker, both deceased. Also preceding him in death was his wife Sharon, in 2010 and their daughter Dawn, in 1997.
Jake was born Otober 23, 1933. in New Washington, Ohio and while he was at an early age the family moved to the Sulfur Springs, where he graduated in 1951 from Sulfur Springs High School. He enjoyed all sports and upon graduation, he signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians organization to play professional baseball. After briefly attending Heidelberg College he started his career in 1952 and through the1962 season, with 2 years away for his military service (1956 & 1957). After playing at different levels in the minor leagues he was called up to the Indians in late 1959 and started 1 game. He was then traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1960, appearing in several games until he was transferred back to the minor league where he retired after the 1962 season.
In 1963 he started a 30 year career with Timken Company in Bucyrus, Ohio. He enjoyed traveling with is family and playing golf with friends and fellow workers. Upon his retirement, the moved to Prescott, Arizona and in 2002 they moved to Dallas, Oregon.
At his request there will be no public service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to your local
or hospice organization. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.dallastribute.com
Published in the Telegraph-Forum on Mar. 13, 2013