June 14, 1931- March 7, 2011
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John went to be with his Heavenly Father on March 7, 2011. He died peacefully surrounded by family and finished strong from his long battle with cancer.
John was the son of Gustave and Pauline (Koch) Strobel. He was born June 14, 1931, at Venturia, N.D.. As a very young boy, John received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and served him throughout his life. He was a member of Christian Center for 43 years and served on their board as well as director of Royal Rangers for many years. It was always a delight for him to teach younger boys about nature, woodworking, scripture memory and serving others. His whole life was about serving others.
Many might remember John and his family from the Western Cafe. It was their place of gathering family and friends. Conversation was always better with a roll and coffee.
John brought his family to the Gallatin Valley to work for KGVW radio in 1965. He also worked as head custodian at Bozeman High School and Hawthorne School for many years. He had his own cleaning business as well. In his retired years he still had a lawn service and snow removal business.
John loved his grandchildren who knew him as Papa. He always had time to read to them, finish many, many puzzles, draw pictures, fishing (or should we say baiting hooks and untangling fishing lines) and storytelling.
John will leave behind the love of his life, Arleen, also known as Honey. He knew when she was just 13 that he would marry her, but he had to wait until she grew up. So at the mature age of 16, they were wed. They were married 57 years. They had three children together, Florence Frost (Tom) of North Carolina, Mark (Lora) of Portland, Ore., and Faith Vanover (Rod) of Belgrade.
John came from a family of eight children, he being the second to youngest. They were a very close-knit and musical family. They came through the Depression years with very little but with a mother who made sure there was always food on the table. His siblings include Vyolette Diede, Mary Auch, Helen Siewert, Ardella Miller, Fred and George Strobel.
John also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Jeff, Jody, Nick, Gus, Sara, Dustin, Holly and Heather; and nine great-grandchildren, Jesse, Justin, Jase, Zachary, Bridger, Andrew, Alexander, Taylynn and Deegan.
We cannot forget Papa's beloved dog, Angel, who was not anything like her name.
Those preceding John in death include his parents, Gustave and Pauline Strobel; sister, Leona; and granddaughter, Desiree.
Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Dokken Nelson Sunset Chapel. Interment will follow in Salesville Cemetery. A reception will be at noon at The Christian Center, 921 W. Mendenhall St.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2011