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SALEM: Mr. Walter J. (Strykowski) Strye, 97, of Salem, formerly of Marblehead, died Friday, July 31, 2015 in Grosvenor Park Nursing Center, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Marion (Paitek) Strye.

Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late Stanley and Sophie (Gluszak) Strykowski. Raised and educated in Haverhill he was a graduate of Haverhill High School. A talented young athlete, Walter excelled in football as captain and quarterback where he led his team to an undefeated season in 1936. Following graduation, he enrolled in Boston University where he received his Bachelor’s degree.

Mr. Strye enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the 232nd Signal Operations Battalion, participating in battles at New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon, receiving several medals, ribbons and commendations including the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon With Bronze Star and the Victory Medal. Most notably his final assignment was served as Chief Wireman for General McArthur at the American Embassy, Tokyo, Japan.

Walter began a long and distinguished career as an accountant, retiring as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Inheritance Tax Department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after many years of dedicated service.

A longtime resident of the Town of Marblehead, where he and Marion made their home, Walter was a member of Marblehead American Legion Post 32 and a member of the Disabled American Veterans of Massachusetts. He was devoted to his wife and his church and was an active communicant of St. John the Baptist Polish Church, Salem. A proud soldier, devoted husband and uncle he will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Walter is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, his sister-in-law, Helena Strykowski of Lowell; his brother-in-law, Fred Drevenak of Exeter, N.H. and his longtime friend, retired Judge Thaddeus Buczko. He was also the brother of the late Stella Platukys, Frances Drevenak, Reverend Francis Strykowski, John Strykowski, Edward Strykowski and Joseph Strykowski.

His funeral Mass will be held in St. John the Baptist Polish Church, Salem, (TODAY) Thursday, August 6th at 11 a.m. Burial in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Walters’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  August 6, 2015
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