Ian Thomas Strickler

Ian Thomas Strickler

Age 35, Luray, Va.

Ian Thomas Strickler, 35, of Luray, died July 5, 2023, in the line of duty as Recruit Firefighter with Frederick County Fire and Rescue.

Ian was born August 7, 1987, in Ranson, West Virginia. His parents are David and Alice Strickler and sister is Samantha Strickler of Luray.

Ian is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie Fiandaca-Strickler; her parents Charles Jr. and Gail Fiandaca of Brockton, MA; and her siblings, Charles (C.J.) Fiandaca III of Brockton, MA, and Andrea Fiandaca and John Barrett of Kingston, MA. He is also survived by his grandmother, Frances Strickler of Luray; Aunt Barbara Watson of Ranson, WV; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins of Luray: Phillip and Lynn Strickler, Kimberly Strickler, Jason and Jennifer Strickler, Jami and David Sedwick, Dylan and Sarah Cooper, Joseph and Felisha Strickler, and of West Virginia: Aaron Watson and Jamie Corrine, Charles Town, Adam and Meghan Watson, Charles Town, and Ethan and Katelyn Watson of Martinsburg.

Ian was preceded in death by grandparents William and Margaret Stunkle of Ranson, WV, and Franklin Strickler of Luray, as well as Uncles James E. Watson III of Ranson, WV, and James Strickler of Luray. 

Ian was a graduate of Luray High School in 2005 and James Madison University in 2011. He participated in and loved the James Madison Marching Royal Dukes. Ian played baseball in high school and played in Softball Leagues while living in Boston. He was also a huge sports fan, the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, and Alabama, Roll Tide!

Ian was passionate about safety, working as security and moving through ranks to Security Supervisor. While living in Weymouth, MA, Ian was a Special State Police Officer (SSPO) at Massachusetts General Hospital for seven years, where he met his wife, Stephanie. They were married June 4, 2022. Ian also leaves behind two fur babies, Baloo and Mowgli.

A funeral service with honors will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 3 p.m. at Luray High School. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home.

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