Harvard - Anton "Tony" Stricker, age 89, of Harvard passed away comfortably in his home on December 10th, 2017. He was born on December 22, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to Anton and Rose Stricker. Tony married Shirley Jane Planzer on December 2, 1950 in Hartland, Illinois. He is survived by his sons Kurt (Lori, former spouse), Paul (Laura), Mark (Kim), John (Chris), Todd (Lindsey); daughter-in-law Shelley; 17 grandchildren, Keslie, Kristin, Taryn, Jeremy, Andrea, Aaron, Alyssa, Shea, Ian, Ashlyn, Alek, Macey, Mikhal, Karson, Kaegan, Sophie, and Reid; 3 great grandchildren Lyla, Alexa, and Behrett; and life partner for the last 9 years, Patricia Kyle.
Tony was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Shirley; his son Eric; and two brothers Roger and Teddy, Tony’s twin brother.
Tony owned and operated Swiss Maid Bakery and founded Precision Products and The Practical Baker. Tony was a member of the Harvard Lions Club, the Harvard Moose Lodge, the Baker's Dozen and the American Society of Bakery Engineers. He received the Retail Bakers of America Emeritus Award in 2014. Tony was talented in his many trades which included farming, baking, land development, engineering and video production. He was passionate about his work and hobbies and liked to share with anyone that would listen. Tony will be remembered for his large laugh and infectious smile, his jokes and storytelling.
Tony's family will have a private burial.
A party to celebrate Tony's journey through life will be held at the Harvard Moose Lodge, 22500 IL Rt. 173, Harvard on Tuesday, Dec 26th from 4 to 8pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Harvard Lion's Club.
For information call Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home in Harvard at 815-943-5400.
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