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Roy and Donna Strickland
Roy and Donna Strickland

Roy and Donna Strickland of Fairview Heights celebrated their 55th anniversary on Oct. 4, 2014 with a family vacation to Virginia to attend their granddaughter’s wedding.

Roy and the former Donna Tripamer were married on October 24,1959 at St. Martin of Tours Church in Washington Park, IL by Rev. Paul Holthouse.

Roy is a retired mechanic and handyman and is active with DIY projects and his family. Donna is a retired home care aide and is active with gardening and her family.

They have 6 children: Wayne (Tammie) Strickland of Roanoke, VA; Dana (Ricky Hernandez) Pea of Maryville, IL; Jody (Jamie) Miller of Fairview Heights, IL; Lori (Gary) Stevenson of Smithton, IL; Stacie (Josh Bowen) Sparks of Fairview Heights, IL and Brandon (Danielle Eckert) Strickland of Smithton, IL.

They have 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.