Edward J. Strucke

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Dec. 3, 2012

Edward J. Strucke, 96, of Dupont, passed away at home, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

Born in Dupont on Oct. 24, 1916, he was a son of the late Albert and Mary Strucke.

He was a graduate of Pittston High School and served in the US Navy during World War II, seeing action overseas.

Prior to retirement, he had been employed as a construction worker. Previously, he had worked as a lumberjack and as an insurance salesman.

He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont and a life member of the AMVETS Post 189, the Dupont VFW and the American Legion. He was a former member of the Avoca Community Choir, a former member of the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Quartette, former Dupont Council member and former president of the local Steelworkers Union. He served as the 2010 Grand Marshal for the Dupont Memorial Day Parade. He was an avid hunter and took pride in butchering the deer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Strucke; a grandson, Philip Strucke; a granddaughter, Antoinette Strucke; and nine siblings.

Surviving is his wife of 72 years, Margaret Cocco Strucke. He is also survived by two sons, Edward Strucke and his wife, Pat, of California; Jonathan Strucke, Ransom and Susan Strucke, West Pittston; daughter-in-law, Carol Strucke, Pittston Township; grandchildren, Robert Strucke, Pittston Township; Kimberly Orkwis and her husband, Fred, Pittston Township; Darryl Strucke, California; and Christina Miller and her husband, Todd, West Pittston; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Darion Miller, Noah, Avery and Brayden Strucke, Joseph and Joshua Orkwis, Aaron and J.P. Strucke, Clarissa and Draven Strucke; brother, Jackie Strucke, Dupont; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services, with full military honors by the AMVETS of Dupont, will be Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at 12:15 p.m. from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont. Interment will be in parish cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 from 4 until 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the AMVETS Post 189, Dupont. Online condolences may be made at


Published in Times Leader on Dec. 5, 2012
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