Erik C. Strobert, 42, Altoona, died Nov. 20, 2012, at Altoona Regional after an extended illness.
He was born in Altoona, son of Charles E. "Chuck" and Linda I. (Helsel) Strobert.
Surviving are three sons: Erik Charles Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M., and Isaac Matthew Strobert and Zachary Mottern, both of Altoona; his parents of Hollidaysburg; a sister, Kelly Jo Miller and husband, Todd, of Houston, Texas; his paternal grandfather, George Strobert Jr.; two nephews: Nathan and Jordan Miller, both of Houston, Texas; an aunt and uncle, George and Cynthia Reif; cousins: George and Yvonne Reif; as well as numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Erik was a 1988 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 104th Long Range Surveillance Detachment and 112th Infantry as a scout and paratrooper. During his service, he earned numerous service ribbons and also served in the U.S. Navy, where he trained as a boiler technician. He retired as a lineman-foreman at CCG Cable Co. with three years of service and previously had worked at Stroehmann Bakery and PepsiCo.
Erik had attended St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Duncansville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his family and all that life had to offer him.
Friends will be received from noon until the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Valley View Home, 301 Valley View Blvd., Altoona. Committal will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Altoona.
Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home.
So Go and Run Free
So go and run free with the angels,
Dance around the golden clouds,
For the Lord has selected you to be with Him
And we should feel nothing but proud.
Although He has taken you from us
And our pain a lifetime will last,
Your memory will never escape us
But make us glad for the time we did have.
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts.
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart.
So go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly,
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for me.