Maurice “Maury” Strycker, 84, passed away on Thursday January 21, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.
Born on January 12, 1937 in Marshall City, Indiana to Everett and Opal (Clawson) Strycker.
On November 18, 1962 he married the love of his life Carolyn in Springfield, Illinois.
He attended Metea High School and graduated with the class of 1955. Maury graduated from Manchester University receiving his bachelor’s degree in education. Maury began his teaching career in 1960 with the Brethren Volunteer service (BVS), serving in Ramallah which at that time was part of Jordan in the middle east. Upon returning to the United States, he taught in Kingsbury and LaPorte. Feeling called to lead he earned his master’s in education from Indiana University subsequently serving as Principal at LaCrosse, Argos and LaVille, eventually retiring from Morgan Township schools. Maury’s devotion was to his students and staff. He believed “there are no bad kids”. His staff could rely on him to take care of them so they could teach! Maury was an avid basketball player, coach and fan. Being 6’5” in junior high he enjoyed a long and successful playing career and he easily transitioned to coaching.
Maury was a lifelong member of the Lions Club receiving the “Melvin Jones Fellowship” award. He was a regular fixture at the Lions booth at local fairs. He was also a member of Gideons International which enabled him to live his faith in action. He was particularly proud of his involvement in the local jail ministries. Maury was a longtime active member of the Shiloh Wesleyan Church.
Maury was a loving father and devoted husband. Coaching his children was a particular joy! Maury is survived by his wife Carolyn Strycker of Plymouth; children: Rebecca (Tim) Shultz of Kokomo; John (Debbie) Strycker of Ocean Springs, MS; Kathryn (Kirk) Wetherell of Brisbane, Australia, Grandchildren Clay Strycker, Moldova; Sarah Strycker, Japan; Brooke & Gracie Wetherell, Brisbane, Australia.
Maury was an unforgettable presence. He never really met a stranger and he befriended people from all over this world and those friendships will be sustained in the memories of many. There are MANY “Maury” stories! The Stryckers’ were blessed to spend many years wintering in Florida and were actively involved in the Florida Hoosier community.
Maurice was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Guinevere and brothers Philip and Edward.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 4-6 pm at Shiloh Wesleyan Church, 10532 4B Rd. Plymouth, IN 46563. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1 pm at Shiloh Wesleyan Church with Pastor Rich Van Buren officiating.
Burial will take place in the New Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Shiloh Wesleyan Church, 10532 4B Rd. Plymouth, IN 46563 or to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 494 Plymouth, IN 46563.
Please click the link below to live-stream the funeral service on January 30th at 1:00PM EST: