Anton Stricker, owner, Swiss Maid Bakery
HARVARD, ILL. — Anton “Tony” Stricker, a baking industry veteran, passed away on Dec. 10 at the age of 89. He owned and operated Swiss Maid Bakery, Harvard, and founded The Practical Baker. 

Mr. Stricker was a member of the Baker's Dozen, American Society of Baking, Harvard Lions Club and the Harvard Moose Lodge. In 2014, he received the Retail Bakers of America Emeritus Award. 

Talented in many trades, Mr. Stricker was passionate about baking, farming, engineering and video production. He will be remembered for his laugh, infectious smile, jokes and storytelling, according to an obituary by Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home.

He is survived by his 5 sons, 17 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and life partner Patricia Kyle. Mr. Stricker was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; his son, Eric; and two brothers, Roger and Teddy.