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Irving Yale Strickstein

Irving Yale Strickstein, 93, of Detroit, Michigan and Deerfield Beach, Florida, died on 02 February 2021.

The Funeral was held at Rubin Memorial Chapels - Boynton Beach, FL on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 at 12:30 PM .

Rabbi Stephen Pinsky officiated. Irving Yale Strickstein, Age 93, of Detroit, Michigan and Deerfield Beach, FL passed away peacefully in his home on February 2, 2021. Born January 30, 1928 in Toledo, OH, he was preceded in death by his Mother Edith Strickstein (Brodsky), his Step-father Isaac Strickstein, his Father Samuel Brodsky, his Sister Blanch Rich (Strickstein) and his ex-wife Betty Louise Strickstein (Lelgant).

A graduate of Central High School, 1946, Irv served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the heavy cruisers USS Toledo and USS Oregon City.

Following naval service, Irv entered the lumber industry as a yard man, unloading box cars and driving a fork-lift, learning the construction industry from the ground up. The post-war construction boom in Michigan was in full swing. In 1954 he joined National Lumber Company and built it into the leading lumbersupplier for the Detroit metropolitan area; a Crain Business Detroit’s “Top 200”. National supplied materialfor tens-of-thousands of houses, apartments and condominiums creatinghomes for generations of families in the tri-state area.

Irv was a dedicated motor-yachtsman operating numerous vessels ranging in size from cruiser (“Irv’s Pussycat”) to motor-yacht (“Lady Lumber”). Cruising in the company of family and friends was his greatest pleasure in life. No part of the Great Lake waterways was unknown to him and in later years the Bahamas, Caribbean and Antilles. Beginning in 2000 he achieved a life-long dream: a voyage of “The Great American Waterway” encompassing: the Atlantic coast, New York Harbor, Hudson River, Erie Canal, Great Lakes, Ohio and Mississippi rivers, Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys.

In service to the community Irv was a generous benefactor to multiple Detroit charities and to Congregation B’nai Moshe where he was a longtime member and served on the Board of Directors.

He is survived by his children: Daughter, Susan J. Sadley of Royal Oak, MI; Son, Alan W. Strickstein (wife Deborah Foon) of Bloomfield Hills, MI;Son, Robert C. Strickstein (husband David Simpatico) of Rhinebeck, NY; Son, Scott D. Strickstein (wife Eve Strickland) of Brooklyn, NY; Daughter, Tara N. Lewis (husband Matthew Lewis) of Miami, FL; Brother, Jack Strickstein (wife Paula Stern) of Scottsdale, AZ; his Grandchildren: Ian, Ryan, Lauren, B, Kai, Bohdi and Wolfe; his Great-grandchildren: Lainie and Gabriella; his ex-wife Anna Strickstein (Lachman) of Miami Beach, FL.