James Stritikus, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all who knew him, was born on January 20, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama. He passed away on July 15, 2019, at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City of complications from diabetes and leukemia related to his Vietnam service.

Jim served his country in the Army for 20 years in Vietnam, Europe, and in the states. He lived and worked in several states during his life. The final years of his career were spent at the VA Medical Center as a Federal law enforcement officer, in human resources, and then as the Director of Emergency Management. After his retirement from the VA, he continued serving on emergency management committees throughout the State of Utah and worked part-time greeting patrons at The Home Depot in Lehi. He had a great love for his family, for his country, and for helping others.

Jim married Lorna Byron Eddleman, the love of his life, in November 1986, and they were sealed in the Dallas Texas Temple. Their combined family included 12 children. He is survived by his wife and his children: George (Mary) Eddleman, Theresa (Grant) Echols, Laura (Mark) Thurston, Heidi Frandsen, Lance (Peggy) Eddleman, Amy (Brian Curtis) Stritikus, James Drue (Kelly) Stritikus, Scott (Jill) Stritikus, Heather (James) Turner, Kalynn (Jamie) Smedley, Beth (Roger) Leuba, and Susan (Ron) Timmerman. He is also survived by 46 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his At the end of the day it is not what you have but what you have done for others. parents, John Stritikus and Omega Louise Ross; his two siblings, George and Lyn; his grandson, Dustin Tyler Cornaby; and his granddaughter, Isabel Dueñas.

A viewing will be held the evening of Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Anderson and Sons Funeral Home in Highland, Utah from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held at the LDS Chapel at 150 East 1500 North in Lehi, Utah on Monday, July 22, 2019, at 11:00 am, with a brief viewing before the service from 9:45 to 10:45 am. His interment will be at Camp Williams following the service.

His family would like to thank his dedicated doctors and staff at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, who went above and beyond their duties in caring for him.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Fisher House Foundation at the VA hospital.



Sunday, Jul. 21, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Anderson and Sons Funeral Home
6141 W 11000 N
Highland, UT 84003


Monday, Jul. 22, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
LDS Chapel
150 East 1500 North
Lehi, UT 84043

Funeral Service

Monday, Jul. 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LDS Chapel
150 East 1500 North
Lehi, UT 84043

Services Handled By

Anderson and Sons Funeral Home
6141 W 11000 N
Highland, UT

Life Story Info


Lorna Stritikus

Post Date

Jul 18, 2019


“In lieu of flowers...”


Personal Info


Birmingham, Alabama, United States


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Cause of Death






Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint

Military Affiliation

  • Army


  • Vietnam War
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NEXT Carolyn June Boothe Lawrence Carolyn June Boothe Lawrence


Jim always treated me good. I was a police officer in ALPINE and Jim always helped in anyway he could beside us officers and firemen and ambulance crew, heck I bought my first AR-15 off Jim. I wish the family well and though I just heard about this I an so sad to hear of your lose. Brad.

brad taysom , american fork, UT, US Jan 16, 2020

So sorry to see this. Jim was a good guy. I worked with him at the VA for several years. RIP, Jim. Prayers for his family and loved ones.

Margie Hooley , Erda, UT, US Aug 02, 2019

Lorna, I just happened on to Jim's obituary today! I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I know you were not ready for this, I don't think it's ever possible to be ready. I would have been to the services had I known soon enough. My heart is with you.

Carla Hansen , Draper, UT, US Jul 22, 2019

Kalynn, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please know that I am thinking of all of you often and miss you very much. Sending you all LOVE.

Sally Paeglow , Rockton IL, IL, US Jul 21, 2019

So sorry for your loss.

Janis Howse , Payson, UT, US Jul 19, 2019