Ferdinand C. "Ferd" Strackeljahn, 77, of Collinsville, Ill., born June 25, 1938, in Granite City, Ill., entered into eternal life Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo.
Ferd was a self employed farmer for 12 years then was employed by Thor Farms for over 40 years as manager of farming operations. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, Ill., the Collinsville Recreation Club, the Farm Bureau, Vegetable Grower's Association and the National Riffle Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred H. and Anna M., nee Kosten, Strackeljahn; a brother, Robert Strackeljahn; and a nephew, Jim Smith.
Surviving are his children, John A. Strackeljahn of Dupo, Ill., Janet R. Strackeljahn of House Springs, Mo., and Louise M. Simms of Granite City, Ill.; sisters, Melda Schoenbaum of Torrance, Calif., and Esther (Doug) Jeppson of Park Ridge, Ill.; long time special friend, Doris Roedger of Collinsville, Ill., and her family, Robbin Verbeck, (John Hardt) and Tyler (Katie) Verbeck and their children, Preston, Layla, Rita (Jeff) Cain, and Rex Roedger; his grandchildren, Danielle (Troy) Helgeson and their son Cole, Chelsie Markezich and her children, Charlie, R.J and Hunter, Jennifer Bratcher, Dylan Strackeljahn and Adyson Strackeljahn; nieces, Kathy (Don) Smith and Karen (Chris) Kuecker; a nephew, Lance Schoenbaum and his daughter, Angela.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Ill., or to
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at Herr Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the church with Pastor Michael Walther officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Ill.
HERR FUNERAL HOME, Collinsville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 13, 2016