Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 4:44 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hulkia Strydom

Feb. 2, 1927-June 11, 2011

Hulkia Strydom died June 11, 2011, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.


Hulkia Strydom

He was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Humansdorp, Cape Province, South Africa. He worked for the South African Railway as a lab technician and supervisor, living in Port Elizabeth, East London and Pretoria, and attending the University of South Africa along the way. He left South Africa in 1960, emigrating to Los Angeles, Calif., with his then-wife Sylvia Cassidy and three young children. He worked for Riker Labs (3M Pharmaceutical) as a lab supervisor in Los Angeles until he retired. In 1988, he moved to Homer, where he enjoyed a rich, full life with many friends. His hobbies included downhill skiing, fishing, gardening, golf, bridge and traveling. His ashes are being spread at the top of Mammoth Mountain ski resort, his parents' grave site in South Africa and here in Kachemak Bay.

His family and friends found him to be a wonderful and loving person who had an incredible zest for life and boundless energy. He is much loved and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his son Melvyn Strydom and his wife Nadya Klingel of Homer, his son Lester Strydom and his wife Jill Burnham of Los Angeles, his daughter Diane Willoughby and her husband Lance Willoughby of Denver; six grandchildren, Colton Willoughby, Lauren Willoughby, Wynand Strydom, Willem Strydom, Jack Strydom and Rita Strydom; two sisters, Yssel Els of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa and Ursula Smith of Oxford, England; his brother, Leo Strydom of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa; his wife's children, Paul and Denise Howard, Judith Ann and Warren Palmer, Virginia Howard Mullen and Michael Mullen; and his wife's grandchildren, Rebecca, Bonnie, Mathew, Paul and Michaelyn.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Julia Park Howard, his brothers Cornelius Strydom, Hugo Strydom, Jakobus Strydom, and his sister Martha Steyn.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. July 2 at the Methodist Church in Homer. Friends are cordially invited to attend. Memorial donations may be made to the Homer Community Food Pantry.