Memorial services for 67-year-old retired Command Sergeant Major David E. Strickland will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville, with Chaplain (Capt.) Andy Jenks and retired CSM Michael Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow with military honors.
He passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 surrounded by loved ones at Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
Born in Jamestown, Ohio on May 2, 1952, he was the son of Marlyn F. Strickland and Betty V Strickland.
He was a devoted husband, loving father, doting granddaddy and dedicated career Special Forces Green Beret.
He graduated from Xenia High School, where he was a standout wrestler. After high school, he enlisted in the Army in 1974. He married the love of his life Mary Jane Strickland in December 1978. Embolden by ambition, he went on to earn the distinction as an elite Special Forces Green Beret in 1979. During his 30-year career, he embodied the groups motto of “Quiet Professionals” during numerous deployments including Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hardworking and humble, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and countless other awards. He retired at the pinnacle of his career as Command Sergeant Major in 2004.
David had a passion for running marathons and he loved fishing. He was a lifetime member of the Special Forces Association. He was an inspiration, a warrior, a mentor, but first and foremost a family man who leaves behind an enduring legacy.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents.
He is survived by his beautiful wife, Mary Jane Strickland of Cadiz; three amazing children, only son and best friend retired Chief Master Sergeant David J. (Jessica) Strickland of Murray, Kentucky, his eldest daughter, Emily J. (Lt. Col. Lee) Akers of Cibolo, Texas, and his youngest daughter, Allison Strickland of Wilkesboro, North Carolina; grandchildren, Zachary Strickland of Murray, Lee Akers, Samuel Akers, Maximus Akers, Jonathan Akers all of Cibolo, Texas, and Lillian Strickland of Wilkesboro, North Carolina; siblings, Mart (Linda) Strickland of Xenia, Rick (Sherry) Strickland of Xenia, Gary (Valli) Strickland of Springfield, Ohio, Kathleen Strickland of Xenia; his dear mother in-law, Ruth Guyton, Xenia, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.