Anton "Tony" Stricker
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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Name = Cathy DeMartinis
Message = So sorry to hear of Tony's passing.  He was a great mentor to me
during my very first job- working at the bakery and I  always enjoyed
conversations with him long after those days were gone. My sincerest
condolences to all of the family.

Name = Judy Loft
Message = My sympathy to the entire Family of Tony. I knew both Tony &
Shirley well when I lived in Harvard and worked at St. Joseph's Parish and
School up until 1991.  I shall remember Tony in my prayers and also all of

Name = Dorothy Zimmermann McVeigh
Message = Although I have not lived in Harvard for many years, your Mom
and Dad were like family and a special part of our life.  We had so many
good times with you boys and our girls. Your Dad was a unique man and
lived life to the fullest.
He will be missed but not forgotten.
Aunt Dorothy

Name = jim Helle
Message = so sorry to hear about Tony He was a great Baker , he will be

Name = Carolyn (Finke) Taunis
Message = Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. He created much
success through many.

Name = Chuck and Debra Perenchio
Message = We are so sorry for your loss. What a legacy that he left for his
boys.  All of the Stricker men are great examples of hard work and success.
Harvard is fortunate to have them all.

Name = Mike Schlung
Message = Rest in Peace Tony. Sympathy and blessings to the family.

Name = Janie/Chuck Smyser
Message = Our deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of your Father.  
Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Janie, Chuck, Amy and all at K9 Granola Factory.

Name = Daryl and Geri Braun
Message = We always enjoyed talking to Tony because of hi many interests
and his great sense of humor. Looking at the extensive list of grand
children, it's easy to see that he certainly got the girls he always wanted.
What a great way to pass through this world !

Name = Kate Hermonson
Message = So very sorry to hear of your family's loss.  Tony was a great
guy, as was Shirley a wonderful woman. I was a nurses aid at Harvard
Hospital when Todd was born that set me on my life's work as a labor and
delivery nurse.  I remember stopping at the bakery DAILY, on the way home
from St Joseph's school. Sometimes just to warm up and enjoy the
wonderful smells, most of all to buy a warm wonderful treat, the double
chocolates or the scissor cut.  Always enjoyed Tony's stories, and friends
with all the "boys". He will be missed by many many friends and family.

Name = Don & Shirley Ahrens
Message = You are in our prayers and thoughts. Tony was a fond friend
many years through farming and banking. Prayers to you all-

We have such fond memories of your mom and Tony that no one can take
away.  Even you "kids" (back than) were fun to be around.
Just wanted you all to know how much he will be missed.
Joe and Laurie Fuchs
Cary, IL.