Lloyd Louis Strutz

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Lifetime Alaskan pioneer, Lloyd Louis Strutz, passed away in Homer, Alaska on June 11, 2018 at the age of 90. He lived in Homer, originally homesteading with his family on Ohlson Mountain Road during the 1950's where the homestead still remains. But was born and raised his family with his wife Mary Jean Yenney in both Anchorage and Homer.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Aline (Sawhill) Strutz of Anchorage and his sisters Joann Nattress, Clella fowler, and Ermalee Hickel. He leaves a sister Gayle Ryan of California and brother Richard Strutz of Anchorage.

Lloyd leaves four children: Sharon Lou Strutz Norton with 2 adult children and 1 adult child by marriage; Bryan Thomas Protzman and his daughter Paisley Marie Protzman of Anchorage; Jonnie Marie Bernier with husband Ronald and their 11 children- Ryan, Jacob, Ronald, Julie, Matthew, Mason, Michael, Danny, David, Jerry and Gloria of Wasilla and David Allen Norton of Anchorage; William Louis Strutz with wife Mary Lou of Homer and two adult children Heather Jessica and Joshua Louis Ryan Strutz; Debora Jean Studnek of Kasilof and her adult son Erik Studnek of Anchorage; Margaret Ann Strutz with two adult children William Thomas Lee and Rosemary Mckee and her children Zoe, Cameron, and Ryker, all of Anchorage. Lloyd was a WWII U.S Army veteran having served from 1945 to 1947 in the Aleutian campaign and 1954-1961 Alaska National Guard.

During his lifetime he received a variety of honors and letters of appreciation in 1954 and 1958 for promoting the Alaska National Guard state basketball tournaments including raising funds for uniforms, 1959 promoted funds to support senior hockey, 1965 promoted funds for junior cross-country skiing. Served as president of the Nordic cross-country ski club, director of the U.S. ski association, Alaska chapter. 1968 appointed to state of Alaska athletic commission, 1970 chairman of the state athletic commission, 1970 U.S. amateur softball association appointment as softball commissioner, 1970 honorable member of the Order of Canada's Arctic Adventurers (Canada's Arctic northwest territories), 1975 state athletic commission, 1983-1986 parks and recreation advisory commission. 1992-1998 city of Homer mayor's certificates of appreciation appointment, Homer Advisory Port/Harbor Commission; 2002 appreciation youth fishing fair, South Peninsula Sportmans Assoc. Throughout his lifetime he coached and promoted both men's, women's, and youth basketball, baseball, boxing, cross-country skiing, curling, senior hockey, and softball. He supported other organizations and events too many to be named. He was a boxer himself.

The American Legion, Elks and VFW in Homer and Anchor Point are planning a community celebration of Louie's life at the Homer Elks Lodge located at 215 Jenny Way on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 1–4 p.m. Family, all veterans and active duty, and community members are invited to attend. An Elks Lodge/American Legion service will be followed by a local TAPS bugler, VFW salute/weapons firing and sharing of photos, stories, and a meal.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on July 1, 2018
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