Earl N. Streacker, 85, of Findlay, passed quickly and peacefully Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2013. Mary, his wife of 62 years, was by his side and said a prayer with him in his last minutes.
He was born July 20, 1927, in Cleveland, to Anthony H. and Victoria M. (Droesch) Streacker. He served his country proudly from 1945-1947 in the U.S. Army.
He married Mary A. Zeiger Aug. 9, 1950, and she survives along with their four children, Earl J. (Bea) Streacker, Thomas L. (Joanne) Streacker and Joann Walters, all of Findlay, and Kathryn Streacker of Salem, Mass.; four grandchildren, Avril Burrell, Caitlin and Earl Streacker and Philip Streacker; three great-grandchildren, Colten, Mickey and Jazzlyn; three brothers, Paul (Therese), Jim (Eleanor) and Edward (MaryAnn) Streacker; and a sister, Rita (Herb) Hammer.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Helen Burrell; son-in-law, Gary Walters; and brother, Herbert Streacker.
Earl was a Ford man. In 1945, Earl's father, Anthony, wrote Henry Ford requesting a tractor dealership in Tiffin. The five brothers expanded their dealership to Findlay in 1957, Fremont in 1972 and Napoleon in 1980. Earl was very active in the Tractor Dealers' Associations. He was president of the Ohio Association in 1968. He served as president of the North American Dealers' Association from 1988-89. As president, he addressed 30 conventions across the U.S. and Canada. He spoke to the British Equipment Association in 1989. Earl and his brother, Paul, were named to the Hancock County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2011.
Earl was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus member of Leo Council No. 957, Findlay, and Pope Leo XIII Assembly No. 839 of Findlay.
Earl was blessed with many true friends. Far too many to begin to name here. Together they enjoyed Mass, golf, cards, fishing, travel and "The Silver Circle," a group of 18 couples who have dined out together every month for 34 years.
Earl's family thanks the staff at Sunrise of Findlay for their compassionate care of Dad.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, with the Rev. Msgr. Michael Hohenbrink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery where the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad will present full military rites.
Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Friday at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, 205 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, OH 45840, (419) 422-2323, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.
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