Allen Benjamin Stritesky

Allen Benjamin Stritesky, age 77 of Hutchinson, died Sunday, May 30, 1999, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital in Hutchinson.

Allen was born Sept. 23, 1921, in Hassan Valley Township, Hutchinson, the son of Louis and Agnes Totushek Stritesky. He attended Komensky and Bear Lake schools, grades 1-8, and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1939.

Allen lived with his parents on various farms until his father purchased a farm near Hutchinson in 1946. Allen farmed with his parents, and later, after his parents' death, he purchased the home farm.

In 1948, Allen was united in marriage to Mary June Christensen at Main Street Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He continued farming, drove bus for Hutchinson School District for 31 years, and worked at OK Hardware and Farm and Home Stores for 22 years.

He discontinued farming in 1985 when his wife became ill with cancer. Mary passed away in July of 1988.

Allen trusted Christ as his personal savior and endeavered to grow daily in his walk with God. In numerous ways, he worked that others might know God, who brought him so much joy.

Allen was very involved in Gideons International, Glencoe Camp, which was very rewarding to him. He supported many different mission organizations, including sponsoring two children in foreign countries. He was a board member of the Meals on Wheels program in Hutchinson and also was involved in the delivery of meals.

As a lifetime member of the Silver Lake Congregational Church, Allen served in many positions on the various church boards. He was always willing to help out people who had special needs.

Allen's hobbies were woodworking; he was a "fix it man" of all sorts; and he took pride in keeping his yard immaculate. In the past years, he enjoyed bowling and watching auto races. His family and friends were very important to him.

Allen was diagnosed with tongue cancer in July 1998, and after a series of radiation treatments, he submitted to surgery March 30, 1999.

Survivors include his children and their spouses: daughter, Suzi Swarthout and husband, Douglas, of Waterloo, Iowa; son, Lee Stritesky and wife, Jane, of Hutchinson; and daughter, Annie Watts and husband, Timothy, of Forreston, Ill.; his grandchildren: Christian and Andrea Swarthout, Sarah and Ben Stritesky, and Alison and Sam Watts.

He is further survived by a sister, Pearl Seale; special friend, Francis Carlson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvin and Viola Christensen of Litchfield, Betty Christensen of Andomooka, Australia; Ruth Nelson, John and Alice Christensen of Kalispell, Mont.; David and Joyce Christensen and Duane and Elaine Christensen of Bemidji; Margaret Christsensen of Kenmare, N.D.; Aimee Casey of Pueblo, Colo.; Elsie Broden of Libby, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary June; a granddaughter, Elana Swarthout; brothers-in-law, Ed Seale, Henry Christensen, and Lute Nelson; and brother and sisters-in-law, Hobart and Grace Skilbred and Selmer and Emma Lien.

Funeral services were Thursday, June 3, 1999 at 10 a.m. from the Congregational Church, Silver Lake, with interment in the Congregational Cemetery. The Revs. Tom Rakow and Donald Martin officiated for the funeral services. The organist was Gloria Lien. Musical selections included "Beautiful Savior,"sung as a congregational hymn; a solo by Dave Lien, "Take Me To Your Home;" and a duet by Lee Stritesky and Suzi Swarthout, "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

Casket bearers were David Lien, Lyle Koehler, Harvey Karg, Samuel Watts, Harvey Klima, Bob Plowman, Christian Swarthout, and Benjamin Stritesky. The Gideons International, Glencoe Camp were honorary casket bearers.

A luncheon at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson immediately followed the graveside service.

Arrangements were handled by Dobratz-Hantge Chapel, Hutchinson.

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