Rev. O. James Striegler
1948 - 2013
Orin James Striegler, 64, of Kenosha, was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Aurora St. Lukes Medical Center, Milwaukee.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 28, 1948, the son of the late Eileen (McCunney) and Frank Striegler of Wayne, Pa. He was educated in the Philadelphia area and was proud to serve our country in the United States Naval Reserves.
In 1969 he joined Blue Cloud Abbey, in Marvin, S.D., in a search for truth. He found it while reading the Scriptures in Ephesians 2:8 and 9: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift or God, not of works lest any man should boast. He left the monastery in 1971 and moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. He acknowledged his need of a Savior and invited Jesus to come into his life. Experiencing a life change from hopelessness to hope in Christ, his passion to introduce others to the Lord became foremost in his life.
He married Kathleen Larson in Sioux Falls, S.D., on June 3, 1978. He graduated from Sioux Falls University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education in 1980.
He greatly enjoyed an exceptional career in the sales profession, winning the Dale Carnegie Sales Course Championship in 1982 in Sioux Falls, SD. He was the top salesman in the South Dakota/North Dakota/Kansas/Nebraska region for Culligan Water Systems during their 50th anniversary sales contest.
He made a commitment to full time ministry when faced with critical heart problems in 1990. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1995 from North American Baptist Seminary. While a student he pastored the First Congregational Church in Humboldt. He later served Grace Church in Sioux Falls, First Baptist Church in Minot, N.D., and currently was serving at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenosha. He was honored by the North American Baptist Seminary in 2001 with the Signature Award, for his commitment to personal spiritual development, integrity, faithfulness and obedience to Gods Word. His passion for ministry also involved Mission trips to San Carlos, Mexico; Orchid Island, Taiwan; and Bataar, Mongolia.
He was nominated for the 1992 Governors Volunteer of the Year Award in South Dakota. He has been a volunteer at the United Hospital Systems, Kenosha, as a volunteer chaplain the past several years and formerly at the Civil War Museum, also of Kenosha. His other interests include history, travel, music, reading, walking, developing and maintaining personal relationships.
James is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Kenosha; sisters-in-law, Mary Bender (Dave) and Virginia Larson; foster mother, Kelly Travers of Mission, Tex., as well as extended family and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sharon Striegler, Upper Darby, Pa.; a brother, Joseph Striegler, Portland, Ore.; and sister-in-law, Angeline Green, Baton Rouge, La.
Funeral services will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church on Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dave Dryer officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, July 27, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Interment will be private.
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