Darrell W. Strizzi

Born: 12/30/1956 Passed:

Darrell W. Strizzi, 61 of Rootstown, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at his home in Rootstown following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born December 30, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio to Phillip Strizzi and Patricia (Pospisil) Buszko. Darrell began his loyal and dedicated 44-year career in the KFC Restaurant business at the age of 17 with Premier Restaurant Management Co., formerly Kenny Kings in Cleveland, and most recently was employed with Kendall House, Massillon. He loved being around people and was blessed to acquire many dear friends throughout his career. Darrell had great passion for doing landscaping in his yard, of which he took great pride in.  He also had great self-taught knowledge for repairing things, if anything was broke Darrell could fix it. He will be deeply missed by all who have had the privilege to have known him.

Darrell is survived by his wife, Gayle (Hoffman); mother, Patricia Buszko; daughter, Kimberly (Justin) Metcalf; sons, Sean (Racheal) Steimle and David Strizzi; three stepsons, Shane, Trent and Trevor; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; brother, Dennis (Darcy) Buszko; sister, Lori (Bill) Soper; and many dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Phillip A. Strizzi.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 2:00 pm at East Market St. Church of God, 2084 E. Market St. Akron.



10 Tributes to Darrell W. Strizzi

  1. Brenda Hughes says:

    Darrell was a great Market Manager and a friend to me and I am going to miss him, I send my prayers out to his love ones and I am really Sorry I will not be able to make it.
    Love you always Darrell

  2. Ted & Vicki Young says:

    Gayle & Family,

    Very sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family in this time of loss.

  3. Bobby Hicks says:

    Darrell’s leadership set my career with KFC on an upward trajectory. My life is blessed for knowing him. Sorry I could not make his funeral.

    • William riedthaler says:

      I had the pleasure of working with darrell at kenny kings in cleveland and i learned a lot from him and .May God be with you all

  4. Serena siers says:

    Darrell was my by all time favorite manager and GM I’ve ever had and taught me so many things throughout my customer service. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for him. He cares so much about everyone and he was always so silly and stubborn but that’s Darrell and I love that about him.. I’m gonna miss him dearly and always pray to the lord and hope he’s listening. He’s so very very missed at KFC it’s so different without him, it’s like the store is missing something when I walk in for my shift. We will keep family in our prayers!
    Love you so much Darrell forever and always????

  5. Heidi Coup says:

    Praying for you Gayle, that God makes himself ever present in this time of need for his guidance,comfort and never ending love as he directs your steps.He will never leave you or forsake you. I did not know Darrell very well, I’m sad that his life was so early in his life, God in his mercy has taken him out of his pain.God will give you the strength to walk through this time.Love you always,my good friend,Heidi

  6. Gail Schmitz says:

    Darrell was my mentor and friend for almost 30 yrs at Premier KFC. Darrell was the kind of friend you can lose touch with then reconnect months later and pick up right where you left off.

    Society judges a man’s success by how fancy a car he drives, or how big of a house he owns. Darrel’s gift was his ability to mentor, teach and guide others to achieve their goals. He was stubborn, determined, driven to succeed and never gave up! Countless hundreds of team members and managers over the years benefited from his guidance. He used his gift of helping others to grow their skills and succeed. Darrell was rich beyond measure for his contribution to so many people’s careers. I was just one of the many people that benefited from his knowledge and support to achieve every goal that I was given.

    I am proud that he called me friend. Darrell will live in my heart forever. May he rest in eternal peace. Love you always.

  7. Dave Roberts says:

    March 25, 2018

    I have had the sincere pleasure of knowing Darrell for over 38 years, first working closely with him at Kenny King’s and Premier and then after Premier continuing our close friendship keeping in touch often.
    Darrell had many attributes that led to his success as a Manager, District Manager and finally Operations Manager. He always had the ability to develop an excellent Team that cared about the Customer through excellence in service and product quality. Because of the Teams he developed and his personal “Take the Initiative” attitude, Darrell was able to consistently exceed goals and budgets established for both sales and profitability.
    Darrell, through the years, became a mentor for so many and in turn they ended up becoming successful leaders, carrying on his values, work ethic, and excellence in operations, his legacy.
    Darrell often talked about his children and how proud he was of their accomplishments. Those of you that knew Darrell well knew that he didn’t share his “softer side” outwardly with regularity. But I could see in his eyes as he talked about his children, the love he had in his heart for them.
    While Darrell enjoyed his years at Kenny Kings and Premier, he also told me how much he enjoyed the years working for Kendall House and his supervisors. Darrell sincerely appreciated how the Lambos’ stood by him after his diagnosis too.
    I know that Darrell would want me to thank all of you that took the time to visit him at his home and those that kept him in their prayers during his illness. You have no idea how much that meant to him. Darrell also shared with me on numerous occasions how much he appreciated Gayle and how well she took care of him, which required constant 24 hour attention.
    Leviticus 26:11
    “I will place my residence among you, and I will not reject you”
    Jesus Christ will never leave you or forsake you. He will never cast you away. Believe what God’s word tells you about Him. If you have received God’s son as your Savior, the gates of heaven will open to greet you…
    During the last 3-4 months Darrell and I engaged in conversation about our deep trust and faith. I can tell you that Darrell repeatedly professed his belief in our Savior Jesus Christ. The pain he experienced with his cancer, in his words, was excruciating. But he never complained and never wavered from his beliefs.
    Thank you Darrell for being a best friend and an incredible leader and example for others to follow. We miss you but we look forward someday to talking to you once again and enjoying each other’s presence.
    Dave Roberts

  8. Shawna Haas says:

    Rest in peace Darrell. Prayers to your family and friends. You will be missed dearly.

  9. Virginia Alberino says:

    Sorry for your loss as I know what that is like,I lost my husband April 16,2016.Darrell will be missed by all who knew him from KFC. May he rest in peace.

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