The deadlift is important
I admit that deadlifting can be fun though - adrenaline rushing through the veins - and it is make it or break it! If failing on a big pull the lower back can be messed up for weeks or months afterwards or maybe cripple a lifter forever... But as the twins use to say; "do the F**K whatever you want", LOL...
I have a lot of hard miles on my body from before I realized I'm not 100% invulnerable. Now I just think I'm 75% invulnerable. -Mr. Anthony
Give me a spouse/life-partner who I don't want to punch in the throat when she talks. -Canio6
sbhikes, I know I said you could get strong, but not AS strong without deadlifting, but let me clarify a touch:
You might not max out your genetic potential for strength without deadlifting, but you might well approach that genetic potential. The amount of difference might not be a big deal--that is to say: you might not get as strong as humanly possible with whatever factors you possess (age/height/genetics/etc), but you can get damn strong without them. Probably "strong enough".
If you figure out how to keep doing them injury-free, by all means do so. If you don't want to do them, don't, and work around them. You're doing great.