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Daniel A. Strick - 59

Beecher, Illinois

Daniel A. Strick. Age 59. Beecher resident, formerly of Matteson and New Lenox. Graduate of Lincoln-Way High School Class of 1981. Received his Bachelors in Social Work from Illinois State University and Master's Degree in Public Administration from Governors State University. Worked 20 years at SouthStar/NewStar/SertomaStar Services as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In Daniel's free time, he enjoyed fishing, watching soccer, and spending time with his family and friends. Husband for 33 years of Melissa (Gonzalez) Strick. Father of Sydney (fiance David Sias) Strick, Jackson Strick, and Benjamin (Gianna Martinez) Strick. Son of Jerome Strick and late Maria Luisa (Patlan) Strick. Brother of Jeff (Ruisa) Strick, Mandi (Tom) Harenberg, and Michael (Kathy) Strick. Uncle and friend of many. Fierce advocate and human rights leader.  Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th Street (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Saturday February 10, 2024 from 12:00pm until time of Funeral Services 7:00 pm. Burial private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Daniels’ name to Sertoma Star Services, 1005 West End Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL, 60411 ( or Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness, 19990 S. Governors Highway, Olympia Fields, IL, 60461 Info 708-481-9230 and


  • Shirley A Perez

    3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Sending sincere words of comfort and sympathy to the Strick Family. May your memories comfort you doing this time of sorrow.


    Shirley A. Perez
    The Arc of Illinois

  • Michael J Michau

    3 weeks, 1 day ago

    I have only known Dan since the merger between New Star and Sertoma.

    I first and lasting impression was that he was a compassionate , well qualified leader of the new merger.

    Dan, you will be missed






  • Andrew Horberg

    3 weeks, 1 day ago

    May he rest in peace.  

  • Sandy Wozniak

    3 weeks ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God bless you missy and family. May God comfort all of you.
  • Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance, Inc.

    3 weeks ago

    A champion for self-advocates.  May your legacy live on in their voices as they "speak up and speak out".  You will be missed.

  • John Hunter

    2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I had the privilege of working with Dan on many projects from his days with SouthStar and New Star.  Most of all, he cared deeply about the individuals he served.  He was a CEO to them, not just the organization.  He was the epitome of compassion, while serving the business interests we worked so hard on.  This is a huge loss.  Yet, knowing Dan, I'm sure he built a wonderful functioning team that will carry his legacy.

    Vaya con Dios, Dan

  • Rosa Patlan Harris

    2 weeks, 6 days ago

    My first introduction to Dan Strick was when I was around 20. I was visiting my sister Luisa and her family. I remember this incident, for Dan made quite an impression on me. We were sitting at the dinner table and those who know Jerry Strick are aware no shenanigans are allowed at dinner. Someone forgot to send Dan the memo. Dan was in his highchair swinging his leg on the side, happily babbling away, tilting his head to one side, smiling merrily showing those adorable dimples of his. Mr. Jerry, try as he might to ignore him finally glanced up at him sternly. Unable to suppress it any longer, he chuckled at the sight. Dan was such an irresistible, happy child, one could not help but smile and be happy with him.

    Dan grew up to be a king, caring, young man who was truly interested in everyone and what they were about.

    After his mom passed away, Dan traveled to South Texas to where his mother was raised. He visited her childhood home and her parents', his grandparents' graves. Dan knew how much his mother enjoyed visiting with her family. I believe during that trip, Dan connected and felt close to his mom.

    The roof on the old homestead was leaking, so Dan unbeknownst to us got a ladder, climbed onto the roof and patched it up. That is our Dan, stepping up wherever needed.

    Thank you Dan for making our lives better. We love and miss you. You will always live forever in our memories.

  • Robert G Burns

    2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Prayers from me and Aunt Kiki for you and your family. Dan did great work in the community, just like you are doing today. You are appreciated deeply! My mom really loves both you and Cammy-two cute little girls that grew into two great women!

  • Helima Woodland

    2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Dan you always made me feel welcome even though I don't work for your company. You had a smile that could light up a room. You will truly be missed. Praying for the Strick family as well as the Sertoma Star family. May You rest in Peace.
  • larry holliday

    2 weeks, 4 days ago

     What a terrible loss. Dan was always there to help and 

    give a voice to those who needed it. Our deepest sympathies to the Strick family 

  • Paula Prium

    2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Melissa and family, please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.

  • Darlene Bancroft

    2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Dear Missy and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a shock this is to all of you.  I am praying for you so that God may help you through this unmanageable pain that you are feeling.  I think of the song "I Can Only Image" and have faith that Dan is with God and seeing your dad along side of him.  That is what gets me through times like this.  

    Love & Prayers to all.



  • Ian and Tina Laterreur

    2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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