Garden City, Kansas resident Edward J. “Eddie” Stroyek, 94, died Monday, December 3, 2012.
He was born February 6, 1918, in St. Joseph, Missouri, the second child of Anna (Nerka) and Michael Stroyek. After the death of his father, his mother married Thomas Bindyk and the family moved to Sherman County, Kansas, in 1930. He attended school at Edson, Kansas through the tenth grade.
He served his country in the United States Army from March of 1941 through October of 1945, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and spent four months as a prisoner of war.
After returning to Kansas, he was employed at Firestone Tire Sales and Recapping businesses in Goodland, Scott City, and Liberal. He finished his working career as a Coca Cola salesman, where he earned the nickname of “Eddie Coke”.
He and Agnes Perry were married November 23, 1971, in Perryton, Texas. She died on April 22, 1981, in Liberal. On January 10, 1987, he married Lois Esslinger at Liberal.
Also preceding him in deathwere his parents; step-father; and three sisters Mary Scheopner, Stella Cebula, and Bernice Erickson; and one niece and one nephew.
Surviving family includes his wife Lois of Garden City; brothers John Stroyek of Goodland; Walter Stroyek and his wife Nadyne of Papillion, Nebraska; nine nieces and sixteen nephews.
A memorial service will be Friday, December 7, at 9:30 AM CT, at Garden Valley Retirement Center Chapel in Garden City, 1505 East Spruce St., Garden City, KS.
On Sunday, December 9, at 5:00 PM MT, there will be vigil and rosary at Koons Chapel in Goodland.
The Memorial Mass for the Deceased will be Monday, December 10, at 10:00 AM MT, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland, with Father Norbert Dlabal presiding. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow in the Goodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be designated to Wounded Warriors, and may be left at or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.