Poultry Industry Icon, Robert Hopkins 'Twig' Strickler, Passes Away
Robert Hopkins 'Twig' Strickler, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and businessman passed away on May 24, 2019 at the age of 90.
Twig graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1946. In the fall of same year he enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where he ultimately earned a bachelor of science degree (Business Administration) in the spring of 1950. During his senior year at Virginia Tech he was commissioned into the United States Army as a 2LT after completing ROTC. Shortly after, Twig was shipped out to Germany where he was stationed for two years.
Returning to the Shenandoah Valley in 1953, Twig resumed his work within the small family business, Rocco Feeds, which was an abbreviation for Rockingham County chosen by his mother. By the time Twig retired as CEO in 1985, Rocco Feeds had expanded into a large food company known as Rocco Enterprises...
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