April 26, 1931 - October 5, 2017

Joe Leland Strickling, a brother, a father, and a grandfather, passed peacefully from this world to the next October 5, 2017. He was 86. He was born April 26, 1931, in Roseburg, Oregon.

Joe spent the first 31 years of his life in the Roseburg area. His family consisted of his father, Homer Leland; his mother, Helen Louise; his younger brother, Ronald Dale; and a younger sister, Linda Louise. At Roseburg High School, Joe met Betty Stidham, of Melrose, in a typing class. He was a junior and she was a senior. They became a couple and were married May 26, 1950. Their marriage lasted for over 58 years, until Betty’s passing in December 2008. From that marriage came six children, Michael, Joanna, Patrick, Peggy, Mary, and Gregory. Until 1963, Joe had supported his family working for Pacific Fruit, Langendorf Bread, and Sunshine Biscuit Co. But when he was in his early thirties he finally found the work he truly wanted: Oregon State Police game officer. In 1964 he began his new career in Gilchrist, Oregon. He was then transferred in 1972 to Medford, where he retired in 1992. In his retirement, Joe enjoyed fishing coastal rivers and local lakes in his boat, playing golf, and gardening. He also kept up on current events by watching TV news and reading newspapers. A few years after Betty’s passing Joe was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. By 2017, he had lived about 45 years at his home in Central Point. But his declining health necessitated he be taken care of the last few months at Fern Garden Memory Care in Medford, where he finally passed.

Joe is survived by his sister, Linda Radford of Roseburg; Michael and Beth Strickling of Albany; Joanna and Tom Lowe of Stayton; Patrick and Laura Strickling of Pikesville, Maryland; Peggy Strickling of Eugene; Mary and Dave Hodges of Pleasant Grove, Utah; and Gregory and Jennifer Strickling of Medford. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by two grandsons, Joseph Strickling and Devon Hodges.

Both Joe and Betty will be laid to rest at Memory Gardens Memorial Park. Graveside services for Joe will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Memory Gardens Memorial Park. www.memorygardensmortuary.com