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Benjamin Blake Strickler III, 89
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Benjamin Blake Strickler III, 89, of McMinnville died Thursday, Aug. 1 at home with his family.Born Dec. 7, 1923 to parents Benjamin Blake Strickler Jr. and Mary Jane Patteson Strickler in Harrisonburg, Va., he was retired from a career in the U.S. Navy of 24 years, which included World War II and service in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Following his military career, he worked for the Centers for Disease Control and then with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a food and nutrition specialist. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and active in the Republican Party.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Yvonne Reynolds Strickler, who died March 3, 2013; and his brother, William Lee Strickler.He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Diane Strickler of Franklin; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Richard Stephens of Tallahassee, Fla., and Jolletta and Andy Dean of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren and spouses, Joslin and Will Tidwell, Blake Strickler, Mary and Allen Mathis, Amy and Ian Edgerton and Benjamin and Leah Dean; and great-grandchildren, Sam and Carter Tidwell, Benjamin and Ann Mathis, Kate and Henry Edgerton, Sammy Jones and Owen Dean.He received three Presidential Awards for Volunteer Service, two from the Senior Center and one from RSVP. Tootsie Rolls and roses are what Ben was best known for.