Astrike seeks re-election as township trustee

From Local Sources

Don Astrike of Huntingburg is seeking re-election as Patoka Township Trustee.

Astrike, 76, is a Republican serving his seventh term as township trustee. He was first elected to the position in 1986. Astike retired as a small business owner and continues to be a school bus owner and driver for the Southwest Dubois School Corp.     


Astrike graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1955. He and his wife, Margie, are the parents of three daughters — Debra Astrike, Janet Putney and Cheryl Hinton. They have two grandchildren.

Astrike’s hobbies include high school sports, golf, fishing, camping and photography.

Astrike is a member of Salem United Church of Christ, where he has served two terms on the church board. He is a past member of the Huntingburg Stockers Club, having served as president for three terms, and was a 15-year member of the Huntingburg Jaycees. He served as president of the town’s park and recreation board during his 10 years of service to the department. For 12 years, he was a member of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department and served as a captain for three years. He is a member of the Salem Church Benevolents.

Astrike said in his candidacy announcement he counts his 35 years as a small business owner and 43 years of driving school buses, especially the past 30 years driving the Southridge High School athletics bus, as significant life experiences. He said he has enjoyed being associated with customers, children and young adults. In 2006, he was awarded the Spirit of Southridge award and has been commended by the Indiana High School Athletic Association for his service to athletics.

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