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Tree planted in honor of Medina County official John Stricker

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    Commissioner Pat Geissman, left, and Betty Stricker, widow of John Stricker, read the plaque next to the physocarpus diabolo tree planted in his honor behind the Administration Building.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    Betty Stricker, left, John Stricker's widow, holds up a picture and a certificate of appreciation for her late husband. Their son, Robert, is standing with her outside the Administration Building.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — It’s been 13 years since John Stricker lost his battle with cancer.

Stricker was honored Tuesday during a short ceremony with his family and friends, who include Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman.

A certificate of appreciation was presented to his wife, Betty, and one of his sons, Robert, at the commissioners’ meeting. A physocarpus diabolo tree was planted in his honor behind the Medina County Administration Building. It’s about 6 feet tall.

Stricker was Medina County’s finance director and later county administrator from 1978 to 2006. He was 57 when he died March 10, 2006.

“John remembered everything,” Geissman said. “It was remarkable. He was very loyal to all three commissioners. He never criticized one of the commissioners.”

Geissman said before he died, she went out to his house to visit him. He was on oxygen.

“The only bad habit he had was smoking,” she said. “That was his one weakness.”

When he’d come into her office, she could smell the smoke on him.

“Oh, I’m going to quit,” he’d tell her.

His wife said they were married 28 years. When Stricker became finance director in Strongsville, he was the youngest one the city has ever had.

He came to Medina County as finance director and later became county administrator — the same path current administrator Scott Miller took.

His wife said he was instrumental in building the Medina County Jail, which he was proud of.

He used to take her over to the jail site on Sundays to check out the progress of the construction.

Stricker predicted to Betty that the county was going to need the parking deck behind the courthouse years before it happened.

“He’s always in our hearts,” she said. “He was a great man, and I miss him. He gave me two beautiful boys (Robert and John III).”

In other news

  • The Medina County Sanitary Engineering Department is raising water rates for Medina County customers. They are currently paying $7.50 per 1,000 gallons of water. It will increase 10 cents to $7.60, effective July 1.
  • Commissioners approved a resolution for an “F” class temporary permit to allow the sale of beer during the 2019 Medina County Fair, which begins July 29 and ends Aug. 4.
  • Brian Nowak, who is retiring as executive director of the Medina County Drug Advisory Committee, was also commended by commissioners. He was director for 12 years.
    “We wish him the best in his next adventure,” Geissman said.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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