THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: September 20, 2018
Tom Strouf, 81, of Jackson, Mi., formerly of Peshtigo, passed away Monday, Sept. 17.
Born on Aug. 11, 1937, to Ernest and Margaret Strouf in Niagara, he graduated from Niagara High School and studied music at Central Michigan University. He met the love of his life, Vera (Cruz) Strouf and they married Sept. 13, 1958. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
He worked at Kimberly Clarke Paper Mill and was a part-time police officer for Niagara Police Department until moving to Sturtevant in 1971 where he continued in law enforcement and was promoted to Chief of Police.
In 1979, he moved to Peshtigo where he was Chief of Police until retiring. He then served on the Peshtigo City Council Board and was elected Mayor of Peshtigo for two consecutive terms. In 2010, they moved to Jackson to be closer to family.
An avid sportsman, he loved to fish and hunt, was an accomplished piano player of the Big Band era, was often seen playing with the Jackson Dixie Band for local events and loved lifting the spirits of others with his piano playing.
He won many area and regional cribbage tournaments with his card game skills. He will be remembered for telling jokes, making people laugh and will be missed by the community at the Crouch Senior Center, where he and his wife went almost every day.
In addition to his wife, Vera, he is survived by five children, Shelly (Pastor Dan) White of Jackson, Mi., Kimberly Gonzales of Oskaloosa, Ia., Mike (Vennie) Strouf of Santa Clara, Ca., Kevin Strouf of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Brent (Rachel) Strouf of Radford, Va.; 21 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings and a grandchild.
Visitation will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3200 Reed Road in Clarklake, Mi., on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Arthur Day Funeral Home of Michigan Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Contributions can be given in his memory to Fellowship Baptist Church.