Mark J. Strick Sr.
SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Mark J. Strick, Sr. passed away on October 2, 2016 in Spingfield, Mo. Funeral services took place on October 8, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial services, including full Military Honors followed in Pierce City, Mo. Mark graduated from Pierce City High School and entered the Missouri National Guard in 1949, and transferred to the United States Army in 1955, serving as a Parachute Rigger, Infantryman, Golden Knight Parachute Team and Special Forces soldier for over 30 years, retiring as a Sergeant Major in 1985. His overseas assignments and deployments included Germany, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Thailand, while his United States assignments included Ft. Bragg, N.C. and the University of Alabama, as a ROTC instructor. After retiring from the Army, he began his second career as a commercial Pilot working for Britt Airlines, Terre Haute, Ind., McAbee Construction, Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Bob Wehr Enterprises, Springfield, Mo. and managed a flying business as Strick Flying Services until 2015. Mark will be remembered for his love of the Army, Special Forces, military and competitive skydiving with over 4,000 parachute jumps, and flying several aircraft for work and his personal Cessna 182. Those left behind to honor his memory include his wife, Rose; his brother, Paul (Pearl); sister, Jean Richardson; his sons, Mark, Jr. (Cindy), Don (Becky), Tom, deceased, and daughter, Michelle Berry (Dirk); with nine grandchildren, Eric, Travis, Anthony, Lauren, Julie, Laura, Dirk Jr., Madeline and Kyle; and five great-grandchildren, Noah, Chloe, Anthony Jr., Braxton, and Bella.
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