Larry Streck entered the gates of heaven on the afternoon of Friday, May 1, 2020.
Larry started life, November 10, 1941, he was born in Enid, OK, to Virgil Streck and Eleanor Masemore Streck; Larry began life in Carrier, OK just outside of Enid on a wheat and cattle farm with four brothers and a sister. Larry spent his childhood rising early to help with chores before and after school. Plowing over 600 acres of wheat fields, milking cows, and selling extra milk in town, he and his brothers had little time for mischief. If your upbringing shapes who you become as an adult, then the farm molded a man who everyone knew as hard-working, dependable, and centered on family. He grew up with 3 brothers and 1 sister.
While attending Northwest University in Alva, OK where he graduated with a degree in Chemistry, Larry married Carolyn Sue Little and they moved to Austin where he continued his education at the University of Texas. He later received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where the first son Brian was born. Larry upon graduation, moved his small family to Ada, OK, where his second son Mark was born and began work for the EPA. It was there that they became a family of four. It was in Ada that he began giving back to his community by working with the Boy Scouts through their local church, with his love of flying, he got his pilot's license. When his sons were old enough for school, Larry moved his family to Alief, TX just outside of Houston and served as deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years at Wilcrest Baptist Church. He also did the construction for their Easter and Christmas productions and was an active part of their visitation team. He enjoyed coaching baseball for many years and was a hobbyist HAM radio operator.
Upon his retirement in 2002 from the EPA, Larry and Carolyn moved to Troup building a home next to his brother and best friend, LeRoy Streck, and wife, Mary. Larry and Carolyn quickly became involved at First Baptist Church of Troup where he continued to serve his community through the church as Sunday school teacher, bus driver, maintenance man, prop builder and was diligent in working with the visitation program. Larry’s involvement in church and community-led to a lifetime of friendships that he cherished.
After the loss of his wife Carolyn, he poured himself into service for the church and served Meals on Wheels.
In 2011 Larry married Audrey Hill Streck. They enjoyed 9 years of companionship and travel. Of all his travels, he often said that Israel was his favorite because of how that experience moved him, knowing he’d walked where Jesus walked. Audrey says that although he was humble and would never draw attention to himself, he was a prayer warrior and had a servant’s heart, always doing things for others that went unnoticed. He was always eager to share God’s love with others, but more importantly to show God’s love through his own actions.
Always an early riser, Larry always loved mornings on the porch and beginning his day in prayer. He also enjoyed reading, daily crossword puzzles, woodworking, and gardening. Above all, he loved his family and was always excited to visit with them. During morning bible study, he always prayed for his new great-grandchildren and the world they would grow up in. Larry’s children and grandchildren will remember him as a man of strength and of faith, a man who was loyal and dependable. You could depend on him, and you still can. This same moral fiber and strength of character have been forged into his children and grandchildren. His life and legacy will continue for generations.
Larry was preceded in death by first wife Carolyn Sue Little Streck and brother Jerry Streck.
Survivors include his wife Audry Streck of Troup; sons and daughters-in-law, Brian Streck and wife Rebecca of Flower Mound, TX, Mark Streck and wife Holli of Layton, Utah; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Leroy Streck and Mary of Troup, James Streck and wife Jackie of Marshall, OK; 1 sister, Laura Pullin and husband Thomas of Enid, OK; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren.
Time and date are pending for a Celebration of Life. The family requests that donations in lieu of flowers should be given to First Baptist Church of Troup.
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