Kenneth John (KJ) Stricklin, 15, of Ocean Park, WA, died Monday, May 7, 2012 in a fire that destroyed the family home.

KJ was born on June 8, 1996 in Astoria. His parents are Kenneth (Chipper), and Jennifer Stricklin. His sister is Katie Lee Stricklin.

KJ was a student at Illwaco High School in Illwaco, WA. He had many friends and was working diligently to earn grades to attend the university.

He lived in Ocean Park, WA for one year. Prior to that, he lived in Beaverton and Astoria. He loved playing video games and Yu-gi-ho. LOL, and PS3. He was a member of the choir at Illwaco High School. KJ brought much happiness to all around him and was a good friend to his classmates. His nickname in high school was Kenny G.

He is survived by his parents and sister, his grandparents, Karen Stricklin, Warrenton, Kenny Stricklin, Madras, and Kathy and John Blair of Astoria, his great-grandparents, Doris Clark of Bay City and Richard Zigler of Astoria. He is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his great-grandparents, Lyle and Maxine Ordway, of Astoria and Troy and Bell Stricklin of Missouri.

A memorial service was set for Tues., May 15, at Illwaco High School. Penttilla’s Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach, WA was in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund is being established through the Wells Fargo Bank in memory of Kenneth Stricklin. Donations may also be made to the Red Cross. Donations of household items will be requested later to help the family furnish their new home.

The family wishes to thank all those who have expressed condolences in the passing of our exceptional KJ.

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