Diane Laurice "Dee" (Blanchard) Stryker, age 81, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on September 26, 2017 of natural causes.
Diane was born April 9, 1936, in Pipestone, Minnesota to Dr. Russell and Helen (Brand) Blanchard. She graduated from Forreston High School in 1954, and then attended Rockford Business School. She worked as assistant to the minister of Second Congregational Church in Rockford, Illinois. Later she worked as an administrative assistant at the Ingersoll-Rand Company in Rockford, IL, Black & Veatch in Overland Park, KS and was a tax preparer for several years at Jackson-Hewitt in Overland Park, KS.
Diane had a love of music. She sang in the church choirs anddeveloped skills as a pianist, especially in the works of classical composers. Diane loved sports including bowling, swimming, waterskiing, and golf. She was an active supporter of local politics and served as a polling judge. She enjoyed gardening, home improvement projects, and was willing to try to fix anything around the house. Diane was also a member of the Kansas City Skyliners, a social organization for tall people.
She was preceded in death by her son, Randall Stryker, former husband, Maurice Stryker, and her parents, Dr. Russell Blanchard and Helen Blanchard.
Diane is survived by three children: Denise (Gary) Duda of Delton, MI, Brian Stryker of Gaithersburg, MD, Julie Stryker of Warsaw, MO; 5 grandchildren, and her twin brother David Blanchard of Indianapolis, IN.
A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210.
Memorial contributions may be made to Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.