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John Gilbert Strunk


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John Gilbert Strunk Obituary
John Gilbert Strunk
Sept 5, 1925 - June 24, 2014
Resident of Pleasanton
John Strunk passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Pleasanton. He was born in Huntington Park, CA, on September 5, 1925, to Gilbert and Sarah Strunk. John attended Merced High School, then joined the Navy at the age of 17, serving in the Hospital Corps during WWII and the Korean War. He graduated from Hartnell College and attended San Jose State. John moved to Santa Cruz after the war, where he met the "sunshine" of his life, Dorothy. They were married and started their family in Santa Cruz, then lived in Palo Alto before finally settling in Santa Clara, where they lived for 45 years. John worked in the automotive industry, beginning as a journeyman mechanic and ending his career as Automotive Department Superintendent for the city of Santa Clara. He was an active member of St. Justin's Parish Community for many years. John was a devoted husband, loving father, a gifted craftsman, a philosopher, musician, and poet. He is survived by his brother, Charles, his four children, Anne, Stephen, Mary, and Michael, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. John was preceded in death by his beloved Dorothy last August. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore, on Monday, June 30, at 10:00 a.m. A brief graveside service and burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 2271 Seventh Av., Santa Cruz, at 12:00 p.m.

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 27, 2014
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