Frank Randell Strickler, 81, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville.
He was a member of Severns Valley Baptist Church. Randell retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 34 years of service. He was a proud veteran of the Korean War
having served as sergeant first class in the 1169th Combat Engineers and he earned several medals during his years of service to include two Bronze Service Stars, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. Randell was a Kentucky Colonel and a lifetime member of Morrison Lodge No. 76, a 50-year member of American Legion Post 113 and lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans Post 103. Randell was a member of the Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department for 12 years as a young man and served as assistant fire chief during this time. He graduated from Rineyville High School in 1950.
Randell also was an avid member of the local farm-ing community since childhood as he grew up on a dairy farm and he went on to raise beef cattle for more than 40 years. He was a former Board of Directors member for Southern States of Elizabethtown. He loved animals, especially the many beloved companion farm dogs he and his family had over his lifetime. He enjoyed reading, boating, fishing and was an accomplished gardener. He especially enjoyed planting flowers and landscaping. Randell loved sports, NAS-CAR racing and was a true UK Wildcat fan.
Randell was preceded in death by his parents, J. Frank and Jan Rose Strickler; and two sisters, Alice Ann Thornton, who died in 1994, and Janette Strickler, 9-days-old.
Mr. Strickler is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Strickler and one daughter, Deborah Strickler, both of Elizabethtown.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Pastor Bill Langley officiating. Burial, with military honors, follows in Hardin Memorial Park.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Masonic service is at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Parkinson's Disease,
or the Elizabethtown Fire Department.