David E. Stryker, age 61, of Hildreth, passed away Friday, December 10, 2021 at his home. A family led celebration of life memorial service was held 2:30 p.m., Thursday, December 16th, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth with Pastor Caroline Keenan officiating. A private burial of his cremains will be at a later date. Memorials are kindly suggested to the family for later designation.
Please visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence. Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney is assisting the family with arrangements.
David was born December 18, 1959, in Grand Island, Nebraska to Ed and Verla (Danes) Stryker.
Dave attended Red Wing School, a rural school, north of Miller, NE then Kearney High School. He later received his GED.
He began working at Mosaic Bethphage Village in Axtell, where he met his wife, Marlys. Dave and Marlys Hinrichs were united in marriage November 27, 1993, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hildreth.
Dave was a very kind and caring man, which showed in his work as a developmental trainer at Mosaic Bethphage Village. He also worked for IBP, Gibbon Pack and Eaton, but his passion was the developmentally challenged residents at Bethphage. ‘
Dave loved wolves, especially his pet wolf, Smokey. He enjoyed going to concerts from rock in roll to old country western music, which led to a fun filled family trip to Nashville, TN. He was a huge football fan. If there was a game on, he was watching it and was always ready for a side wager. He also loved to watch Gunsmoke, Wagon Train and the game show Idiot Test. He liked to fish, play the Powerball lottery and write poetry.
Dave is survived by his loving wife, Marlys of Hildreth, NE mother, Verla Stryker of Kearney, NE three brothers, Ronald (Pam) Stryker, Charles (Christy) Stryker both of Eddyville, NE and Kenneth Stryker of Kearney, NE, mother-in-law, Dorene Hinrichs, Hildreth, NE, Aunt Lee Schoenfelder, Mesa, AZ, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ed, father-in-law, Heye Hinrichs, brother-in-law, Waldeen Hinrichs, aunts: Viola Ludwick, Donna O’Riley, Vina Bernhardt, Loretta Butterfield, Norma Mahin, and Betty Lou Danes, uncles: Irvin (Les) Danes and Wayne Danes.