James Walter Strickler, 74, of Newton, KS, died Saturday, January 15, 2022 in Andover, KS. He was born June 10, 1947 in Portsmouth to the late John and Fairy Moon Light Strickler.
A 1965 Portsmouth High School graduate, Jim received a degree in Biology from Baker University and his Physician’s Assistant degree from Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV. He served in the United States Air Force, spending time in Oklahoma, the Philippines, and Thailand. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
James finished his career as a physician’s assistant working at the Hertzler Clinic in Halstead, KS and Galicia Heart Hospital in Wichita, KS. In his spare time, he was a private pilot and amateur radio operator. As a teenager in Portsmouth, he was known for his 1929 Model T Ford.
Surviving is his brother, John (Anita) Strickler of Rose Hill, KS; a niece, Jai Ellen Strickler; and a nephew, Bob Blankenbeckley.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 P.M. at the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home with Dennis Dawes, officiating, and interment in Memorial Burial Park. The James Dickey Post #23 American Legion Honor Detail will conduct military graveside rites.
The family will receive friends Monday from 11 A.M. until the funeral hour.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established through the American Heart Association, 1861 N. Rock Rd. #380, Wichita, KS 67206.
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