Laverne E. Strotheide

Laverne E. Strotheide, age 100 of Highland, IL, died Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at Faith Care Center in Highland, IL.

He was born on Wednesday, December 04, 1918, in Jamestown, IL, the son of Henry and Louise (nee Neumann) Strotheide.

On Wednesday, September 18, 1946, he married Opal I. Strotheide nee Iberg at E & R Church-Highland, IL, who passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2007.

He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, IL; EvUCC Consistory and Property Board; former member of the Men’s Brotherhood of the Church; V.F.W. Post #5694 – Highland, IL (Life Member); Lee Iten American Legion Post 439 – Highland, IL (Past Commander); Disabled American War Vets; U.S.S. General H.W. Butner Reunion Association; Faith Countryside Village Association (Past President).

Mr. Strotheide was born at Jamestown, IL and attended the old country schools of Fricer and Hesse. He also attended Southern Illinois University at East Saint Louis, IL. He worked on ranches in Wyoming prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1941. After four years of service, he worked at Wicks Organ Company as a Pipemaker. He then spent 30 years with the Defense Department in St. Louis, retiring in 1977 as an executive. Following retirement, he worked at Highland High School; he and his wife also worked as custodians at their church; and as an insurance adjuster with Eagle Insurance Adjusters. Rank in the service: Petty Officer 1st Class Boatswain Mate 1/C.

Survivors Include:
Daughter – Diana L. (Dennis) Osterwisch, Highland, IL
Daughter – Connie J. Colloton, O Fallon, IL
Daughter – Debra S. (Michael) Garves, Fort Myers, FL
Grandchild – Amy L. (Andy) Kreher
Grandchild – Laura B. (Gabe) Myers
Grandchild – Cassandra L. “Casi” (Significant Other-Tiffany Campbell) Colloton
Grandchild – Allison E. “Allie” (Fiancé-Clayton Quicke) Colloton
Grandchild – Jenna N. (Nick) Berkel
Great Grandchild – Sophie G. Kreher
Great Grandchild – Ryan A. Kreher
Great Grandchild – Caleb T. Myers
Great Grandchild – Owen R. Myers
Great Grandchild – Veyda M. Taegel
Great Grandchild – Garrett T. Berkel
Step Grandchild – Jenell M. Crist
Step Grandchild – Jessica A. (John) Ulrich
Step Grandchild – Melissa J. (Allan) Bigtas
Step Great Grandchild – Breayleah (Dan) Ellis
Step Great Grandchild – Brenna Ulrich
Step Great Grandchild – Jason Bigtas
Step Great Grandchild – Jacob Crist
Step Great Grandchild – Erica Bigtas
Step Great Grandchild – Haley Ulrich
Step Great Grandchild – Ryan Bigtas
Step Great Grandchild – Jennifer Crist
Step Great Great Grandchild – Grayson Ellis
Sister – Henrietta Knebel, Highland, IL.

He was preceded in death by:
Father – Henry Rudolph Strotheide – Died 2/1/1976
Mother – Louise Elva Strotheide – Died 5/14/1968
Wife – Opal I. Strotheide (nee Iberg) – Died 12/26/2007
Son-in-law – Richard Colloton – Died 06/27/1999
Brother – Lester Strotheide – Died 1993.

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, October 25, 2019, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL, with Rev. Gary Kniepkamp, Retired Pastor, St. Jacob, IL, officiating.

Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ or Faith Countryside Homes Village Assoc..

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