Carl T. Pete Strecker, 74, of Salina, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012. He was born January 17, 1938 in Topeka, the son of Aloysius and Agnes (Flynn) Strecker. Carl was a field engineer and group manager for the Burroughs Corp. for thirty-one years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church; 4th Degree and honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, and served as Grand Knight, District Deputy and Faithful Navigator. He was charter member of the SHJSHS Endowment Board and member of the Booster Club, the Charity Auction committee, and the Bishop Fitzsimons Golf Tournament. Carl was the Voice Of The Knights for forty-seven years. He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Taylor Strecker. He was a devout husband, loving father, and awesome grandpa. He will be greatly missed. Survivors include his wife of fifty-three years, Ruth Strecker; two sons, Steve and wife Jolan of Pratt and Greg and wife Laura of Hutchinson; two daughters, Cheryl Pickering and husband Brian and Laurie Doll and husband Barry, both of Salina; one brother, Bill Strecker of Topeka; three sisters, Dot Melchior of Topeka, Jean Boos of Mesa, AZ, and Betty Stewart of Oro Valley, AZ; eight grandchildren, Nicole and Jake Strecker, Bryce and Maddy Strecker, Hannah, Maggie, Luke, and Kelsey Doll; three step-grandchildren, Curtis and Ben Pickering, and April Saskowski; and six great step-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Monday, March 26, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with burial in All Saints Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Ryan Mortuary and from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the church, with Vigil Service at 7:00 PM. Memorials are to the church or The Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School. Carl T. Strecker
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Mar. 24, 2012.