Tommy Joe Strickland
October 31, 1961  -  January 16, 2019

Tommy Joe Strickland

Memorial Service
FordWulfBruns Chapel
2405 Woodland Ave
Coffeyville, KS  67337
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery
2000 Woodland Ave.
Coffeyville, KS  67337
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St Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN  38105

Tommy Joe Strickland age 57 of Coffeyville passed away on January 16, 2019 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

Tom was born in Coffeyville on October 31, 1961 to Judy (Oja) Taylor. He attended local grade schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School. He continued his education at Coffeyville Community College where he earned his EMT certification and later his paramedic. He worked for the EMS in Caney, Frontenac and Garnett. Changing careers, Tom most recently worked for B&W Hitches in Humboldt as a machine operator. Tom always enjoyed listening to music, spending time with family, fishing, and spending time with friends. He was most known for his cooking, usually on the BBQ grill. Concocting new recipes and then calling his mom to tell her about them was a norm. Tom’s outward appearance one would think he was tough as nails but deep down he was just like a stuffed teddy bear which could be the reason that he was always the favorite uncle to all the nieces and nephews. Tom could always be found helping a friend in need.

Those left to cherish Tom’s memories are his sons, Joseph Metcalf of Caney and Kyle Barrett of Pittsburg, mother Judy Taylor her husband John of Iola, brothers, Mike Shook his wife Dalena of Coffeyville, Mark Weeks his wife Kristen of Ft. Scott, David Weeks of Paola, step-sister Jessica Baker her husband Sam of Sycamore, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Damon and Dot Strickland, brother Stacy Shook and step-brother Gene Taylor

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 11:00 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Pastor Matt Bycroft officiating. Inurnment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made payable to St Jude Children's Research Hospital and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit


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  1. Lisa Roth
    Lees Summit, MO

    Judy and family, we have wonderful memories of Tommy Joe and will hold them in our hearts. His passing is truly heartbreaking. Please know our thoughts and prayers for comfort are being sent your way.
    The Miller cousin's, Lynda, Mike, Lisa, Rebecca, and our mom, Shirley Ernst

  2. Kevin Osborne {oz}
    Coffeyville, KS

    Tom was a great friend for over 40 years. He had wrote me recently about having a cookout with some old friends.i was saddened hearing about his passing .
    God Bless old friend . Prayers to his family and friends .
    Kevin Osborne

  3. Bill Jamison
    Bartlesville, OK

    The people we meet and spend any time with make up a portion of who we are. TJ was my dispatcher/Co-EMT at Caney Police Department.
    We saw some of the funniest and some of the worst in our time as workers there. We shared anger, anxiety and some of the most uproarious laughter one could imagine (although not always over "normal" things.)
    See you on the other side brother, thanks for being a large part of a chapter in my life.
    God keep you.

  4. Kevin Rosencrants
    Lawrence, KS

    I'm so sorry for your lose, my heart and prayers go out to the family.

  5. Joyce Adair
    Coffeyville, KS

    so very sorry for your loss, Judy. my prayer is for peace and comfort through this time.

  6. Verna Myer
    Humboldt, KS

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Tommy from high school. Prayers with you all.

  7. Elaine ONeill
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Dear Judy and Family,
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. Such a young man and sounds like a gentle giant. A beautiful tribute to him and when I talked to him several years ago when he was in the hospital, he was so friendly even though he didn't know me. Take care, my friend, and may God continue to give you the strength through this difficult time. (((HUGS))) Love you

  8. Don & Kelly Oneslager
    Dearing, KS

    Want to wish Mike and the family our deepest condolences during your time of loss.

  9. Bob and Brenda Walker
    Gulfport, MS

    Sending our sincere sympathy to Tom's family. So very sorry for your loss.

    Albuquerque, KS

    Sending everyone my love, my prayers and wish I could be there. I am here if anyone needs anything. All my love

  11. Judy Swigart Webb
    So Coffeyville, OK

    Tom and I went to school together, I am so sorry for your loss!!! Judy Swigart Webb

  12. Debbie Stultz
    Caney, KS

    So sorry for your loss, you will be in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Tommy.

  13. Stacy Maxwell
    Rockwall, TX

    Tommy was a wonderful man. He will be missed.

  14. Rick Copeland
    Topeka, KS

    RIP my brother. Memories from way back. Much love to family and friends, which you had many.

  15. Barbara Homer
    Coffeyville, KS

    Judy, Mike, Mark and Family .
    So very sorry to hear about Tom. He was well liked and very loved. My condolences to you all.

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