STROBEL, DR. MELVIN, 86, Dr. Strobel attended the University of Louisville, where he was a cheerleader and president of his freshman class. He graduated from Illinois College of Optometry. He practiced optometry in Louisville, and in recent years, Shelbyville. Dr. Strobel had a dual career; he was one of the pioneers and founders of the Aerosol industry and established the first Aerosol products manufacturing facility in the south. He was in the Army Air Corp. during World War II
and was stationed on a radar outpost in the jungle, 100 miles from the Panama Canal.
During the 1967 Westminster Nursing Home fire in Buechel, Dr. Strobel entered the flaming building on nine separate occasions, emerging with a patient each time. He was a distance and competitive swimmer, and saved dozens of additional lives while working as a year-round lifeguard for many years.
Dr. Strobel was a Catholic; member of Holy Trinity and Church of the Epiphany. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #6 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post #1170 in Middletown, and a former member of the River Road Country Club and the Bonnycastle Club.
Dr. Strobel was preceded in death by his siblings, Katherine Lesshafft, Hayden Strobel, Dolores Bernauer, Carmel Roby, and Charles Strobel.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 65 years, Dorothy L. Strobel; children, Mark, Karen Neun, Wayne (Suzie), and Rick (Beth); grandchildren Chris, Brittany, Joseph, Alycia, Jason; and four great-grandchildren. Special wishes and thanks to Amanda Lindsay, his caregiver and friend.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Church of the Epiphany, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville. www.RattermanS.com