Rock Alan Strickler

April 08, 1956 - October 05, 2015

Rock Alan Strickler

April 08, 1956 - October 05, 2015


Rock A. Strickler passed away peacefully on Monday October 5th at home with his two children.

He is survived by his son Hunter Strickler (Erika), daughter Brooke Rosse (Mark), only grandchild Bristol Anne Rosse, mother Violet Strickler, three sisters Jeanette Laird (Jim), Jackie Holsather, Janell McKain (Jim), and his nieces and nephews Jeff, Jennifer, Nicole, Brett, Lauren and their extended families. Rock was preceded in death by his father Darrell Strickler.

During Rock’s lifetime, he had accomplished several different occupations. While in High School, he worked for a local taxidermist. After graduating from Sehome HS he started working with his father in the concrete business on and off for years starting in his early twenties. In the mid 1980’s he fished in Bristol Bay Alaska, and crabbed in the Bering Sea. In 1984 his son Hunter was born while commercial fishing in Alaska. In 1986, Rock was home for daughter Brooke’s birth. These children were his pride and joy, he was so proud of his “blondies”.

In the early to mid 90’s Rock was working for a contract company and was involved in an oil refinery explosion, injured, he recovered, and went on to another accomplishment. He received his Real Estate License and went on to have a partnership with two close friends that started RJR Realty. He held this occupation until his death.

Rock’s personality was charismatic, his laughter was contagious. Everyone gravitated toward his fun spirited soul, and gathered around him to enjoy his conversation, stories and jokes. He exuded friendliness, everyone enjoyed his company.

He was a proud father to Hunter and Brooke, appreciating their accomplishments. Hunter’s recent graduation from WWU with a Business Degree, and Brooke who gifted him with a beautiful granddaughter. Brooke and Hunter also cared for their father during the last days of his life so tenderly, telling him daily how much they loved him.

Rock is at peace and pain free now. We will all miss his winning smile, and the love and friendships we all made with him.

A private burial was held on Friday October 9th at Greenacres Memorial Park.

A Celebration of Life will be open to all of Rock’s loved ones, extended family and friends on Saturday October 24th, 5pm to 10pm at the Bellingham Yacht Club Squalicum Harbor, (Windows by the Bay). Bring your stories about Rock’s life to share.

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: January 1, 1970 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Bellingham Yacht Club Windows On The Bay
  • Location: 2625 S Harbor Loop Dr Bellingham, WA 98225 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (360) -22-0-0731

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11 responses to Rock Alan Strickler

  1. I went to Sehome High School with Rock. It has been many years since I have seen him, but I could tell by reading the obit and comments he was still the same charming, charismatic, funny and fun loving guy, loved by all who knew him. He always had a up beat attitude and an irresistible sense of humor. . Rock had so many friends, he was special that way. I think he must of been so proud of his 2 children. Passed on, but he will live on in the hearts and lives of his children Brooke and Hunter. God bless …..

  2. Deborah Cook says:

    So sad to hear of Rock’s passing, I can hear his laugh and see his smile, but grateful he is at peace and painfree. My heart goes out to all his family and friends. Thanks for all the great memories and laughter throughout the years Rock!

  3. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Thinking of you always.

  4. Rock was such a great person, so funny and kind. My husband Gordy and me are so grateful for the opportunities we had to share some of the most fantastic trips of our lives with Rock. .Our sincere condolences to Hunter and Brook and all of Rock’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

  5. Ed Hanley says:

    Rock was a great guy. In fact, one of the best “persons” I have ever known. In our youth, perhaps it could be said our more rebellious and wild youth, we were best friends. We lived together, worked together, and for years even drove together every day in the same truck at Friese – a long time ago. Rock had an absolute infectious smile, infectious laugh, and infectious personality. He was a great friend and would do anything for a friend. He was one of a kind and was loved by everyone who knew him. We haven’t been close in years, such are the ways of life, but his positive impact on me will always be remembered. Rest in peace my friend. ed hanley

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