Francis Clyde "Chew" Strickler

  • Born: April 21, 1931
  • Died: August 21, 2015
  • Location: Edinburg, Texas

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Francis Clyde (Chew) Strickler, age 84, formerly of Centerville, Iowa, took his final trip on the highway to heaven on August 21, 2015. His trip originated at the Pax Villa Hospice in Edinburg, Texas.

Clyde enjoyed gardening and watching the birds come to his feeder, especially the parrots. He loved growing his flowers. If it didn't bloom, he didn't plant it. Clyde also held precious the time he spent with his faithful friend-his dog Pete. He enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends at the truck stop and spending time with his ever so precious neighbors.

He started his working life at the young age of 13 when he worked at the Country Club Golf Shop. In his late teens, he worked on a survey crew with the county. Then in his twenties, he began his trucking career. Clyde hauled hay, grain, and produce from South Texas. In his thirties and forties, he owned and operated the Stateway Café and co-owned the Saddle Rock Café. At the age of 51, he made Edinburg, Texas his permanent home. He resided in Edinburg for over thirty years until his death.

Clyde was born in Centerville, Iowa on April 21, 1931, the son of Earl and Eula (Bates) Strickler. He graduated from Centerville High School.

Clyde is survived by his children, Dixie Strickler of Owatonna, Minnesota, Debbie (Tim) Brewer of Centerville, Iowa, Dana (Roger) Selix of Unionville, Iowa, and Russ Strickler of Centerville, Iowa; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; as well as many trucking buddies that will miss his southern hospitality.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Eula Strickler; a brother, Earl Jr. (Hank) and Florence Strickler; and two infant sisters, Vera and Norma.

Graveside services will be held at 10 am, Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Haines Cemetery, north of Centerville, with Pastor Steve Houser leading the service. A visitation will take place at the Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville on Thursday, August 27th from Noon-8 pm, with the family receiving friends from 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions have been designated to the family of Francis "Chew" Strickler and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


Condolence & Memory Journal


He was a nice man and he will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to his family.

From the Ewing family: Matthew, Margery and Marilyn

Posted by Margery Davison - Centerville, IA - friend   October 20, 2015

We just found out about Chew's passing. He was not only a friend of our whole family, but was also the guy in the "grain line" that furnished snacks, stories and fun. We have all kept in touch through out the years, but hadn't ran the Texas valley in awhile and the last time one of us tried to call there was no answer. Our sympathy goes out to his entire family.
The family of Charles Bowman.....Howe, Herb, Mary Lou , Chad, Bruce and the whole gang! Heaven has gained a great storyteller and drivers will have a guardian angel to direct and protect them...

Posted by Mary Lou Brendel - West Branch, IA - Friend   September 01, 2015

Dixie, Dana, Deb, and Rusty - thinking of all of you today as you have a special time of remembrance for your dad and say good bye. It is never easy but hope you have many friends there to help you in the process. Hugs and prayers. Joy D

Posted by Joy Davison - Owatonna, MN - friend   August 27, 2015

Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace.

Posted by Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson    August 23, 2015