Virgil D. Strecker, 87, of Omaha (formerly of Falls City), passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. He was born April 15, 1927 at Barada to the late Henry and Agnes (Stabel) Strecker.
Virgil grew up in the area around Falls City prior to moving to Omaha. On April 26, 1957 he married Merlyn (Winsor) Strecker in Omaha. In August of 1961 the couple moved to Omaha, where Virgil was employed by the U.S. Army Reserve. He later worked for the Corps of Engineers on loan to the Dept. of the Army.
Virgil served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He retired from the Army in 1987 and retired from the Corps of Engineers in 1991. He was a member of American Legion Post #1 of Omaha; D.A.V. Chapter; VFW Post 2503; and the 40 et 8. As a member of the 40 et 8 he served as Chef de Gare of Voiture 206 in Omaha and later was Grand Chef de Gare of Nebraska.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Albert, Joe, Melvin and Leonard. Virgil is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Merlyn; his daughter, Susan (Mike) Keller, of Wilmington, DE; son, David (Linda) Strecker, of Omaha; six grandchildren: Devon and Ashleigh Strecker and Shawn Krueger, all of Omaha, Jason Keller, of Chicago, Justin Keller, of Baltimore, MD, and Jessica Keller. of Wilmington.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 23, with 40 et 8 Memorial Service following at 6:45, and Vigil Service at 7, all at the West Center Chapel of Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuaries in Omaha. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Omaha, with Rev. John Norman as celebrant. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials are suggested to 40 et 8 Nurses’ Program, Christ the King Catholic Church, or Nebraska Humane Society.