Forrest K. Strecker, 84, Hays, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 6, 1930, in Russell to Julian and Anna (Steinle) Strecker. He was raised in Russell and was a graduate of Russell High School.

He married Phyllis (Hopkins) on Sept. 4, 1954, in Wilson. He started in the Hays drivers' license examinations office and was with the state of Kansas for 29 years and retired in 1992 as a lieutenant with the Kansas Highway Patrol. He lived in a number of communities throughout Kansas including Victoria, Topeka and moving to Hays in 1992. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a volunteer police officer for a number of years and served as water commissioner for the city of Silver Lake.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Topeka and Hays.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, going to the casino and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, of the home; two daughters, Susan Nebel, Hays, and Barbara Strecker-Gaudreau and husband, James "Bucky," Topeka; a sister, Genevieve Combest, Duncan, Okla.; six grandchildren, Jonathan Burd, Christian Burd, Mariah Nebel, Caleb Nebel, Cameron Gaudreau and Alexis Gaudreau; and two great-grandchildren, Jaedyn Nebel and Addisyn Karlin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alice Strecker.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 12th and Fort, Hays; graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Russell, with military honors by the Russell VFW.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas or First Baptist Church, Hays, in care of the mortuary.

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