Curtis R. StrehlowIssue Date: January 23, 2019
Curtis R. Strehlow, 78, of Suring, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at home.
Born June 8, 1940 on the Strehlow Farm, to the late William and Clara (Guelker) Strehlow, he graduated from Suring High School in 1958 and played fullback on the Suring High School football team. On Oct. 28, 1961, he married Audrey Schneider at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gillett. In early years, he worked as a pin setter at the Suring Bowling Alley, hauled milk for cheese factories, worked at Muehl Ehlinger Lumber Company and retired from the Oconto County Highway Department.
As a longtime member of the Suring United Methodist Church, he served in various church offices and as Sexton of the Church Cemetery. He also served on the board of the Suring Farmer's Mercantile Co. and as a Town of How Supervisor.
For many years, he was treasurer for the Union of the Oconto County Highway Dept. Employees and helped with other union officials in bringing the NEW Credit Union to Suring.
They enjoyed traveling with family and friends throughout the United States with many trips in Wisconsin and Alaska and was proud to make many trips to South Dakota to watch his grandson Chad play for the SDSU Jack Rabbits.
He played in and managed many softball teams and enjoyed bowling, loved hunting and fishing, visited local hot spots and liked going up north at the hunting shack. He also visited many states, including Canada, Minnesota, Wyoming, Colorado and recently a hunting trip to Montana with his friend, Dale Hischke.
He kept up family traditions of family reunions, Memorial Day, deer hunting, making sausage and maple syrup, was proud of his garden and shared his homemade wine on many occasions. He will be missed by the BP morning coffee club.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Audrey; three children, Jill (Mark) Baldwin of Green Bay and Mark (Carrie) Strehlow and Tim (Theresa Johnson) Strehlow, both of Suring; four grandchildren; two sisters, Fern Cramer and Faye (Tom) Stache; a brother-in-law, Norman Saffron; Audrey's family members, Arnie (Delores) Schneider, Marv (Ruby) Schneider, Oz (Donna) Schneider, Adele Hansen and Betty (Lenny Goodrich) Schneider and many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lew (Virginia) Strehlow, Bub (Melanie) Strehlow, and Park (Helen) Strehlow; three sisters, Buelah Lazansky, "Poots" Saffron and Kaye (Tom) Dhein; four brothers-in-law, Chum Yakel, John Cramer, Will Hansen and Roger Schneider and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at Suring United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. until time of a funeral service at noon, with Pastor David Lyman officiating. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring assisted the family with arrangements. A memorial fund was established in his memory.
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