Dennis Strickland 1955-2018
Dennis Strickland, longtime Chewelah, Washington resident, passed away at the age of 63 on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington after an extended illness.
Dennis was born on September 8th, 1955 to James and Joyce (McCurry) Strickland. He was the third of four children, and is predeceased by his father and younger brother Steven. He spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Merced, California.
Dennis was a larger than life personality. He was smart, charismatic, hilarious, loving, giving, and at times a royal pain. He was the person everyone went to if we needed to know how to create or fix anything from cars to bookshelves to houses. He loved to build things, some of his most prized creations being shovel birds and his old tractor mailbox. He was a lifelong fisherman, and spent as much time as he could in the river, on a boat, or on the dock.
Dennis lived for his family. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Strickland; his 2 older siblings, Robert Strickland and Linda Strickland; and by his 3 children and their families: Shannon (Strickland) Tipa, her husband Kevin, and their 3 children Noah, Simon and River; Trisha (Strickland) Steere, her husband James, and their 2 children Zach and Zoey; and Dustin Strickland and Becky Gregerson and their 3 children, Kyleigh, Dax and Ellie. He is also survived by countless friends that he also considered family, along with all his other “kids” who are friends of his family that he collected over the years and accepted as his own.
He is deeply missed.