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Peter D. Stroschein

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Peter Dana Stroschein, 47, of Great Falls, an Army veteran and laborer, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, Oct. 4, at his home.

At his request, no formal services will take place. A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Beacon Icehouse, 1349 13th Ave. S.W. in Great Falls. Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.

Pete was born Feb. 6, 1964, to Dale Sr. and Mary Louise (Saulis) Stroschein in Lansing, Mich. He was a UH-1H helicopter mechanic at Fort Rucker, Ala., while he was in the United States Army. He also was a laborer of many jobs and most recently employed at the Beacon Icehouse.

He was passionate for collecting and sharing facts about many subjects of interest. There was always a natural flow of conversation when he was around; he had a very quick and intelligent sense of humor that always turned heads. He loved telling stories that could neither be confirmed nor denied and enjoyed watching people ponder over them. It was very natural for him to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed help. No matter how small or large the job was, he was there. He loved reading, cooking, camping, boating, NASCAR, wrestling and sitting around campfires. He enjoyed doing anything and everything with his friends, who are too many to name. His friends always ended up being family; however, the light of his life was his daughter, Samantha.

Peter is survived by his beloved daughter Samantha; special friends Dena Schoolcraft and Mike Peet; sisters Donna (Shawn) Piocos, Ruth Coles and June Bear of Omaha, Neb.; brother, Daryl Stroschein; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Dale Stroschein Jr. and Ronald Stroschein.

"I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and You are You. Whatever we were to each other; that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Play, smile, think of me. All is well."

- Henry Scott Holland

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 7, 2011
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