Curtis R. Strehlow

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Curtis R. Strehlow, 78, of Suring, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Curtis was born on the Strehlow Farm on June 8, 1940, to the late William and Clara (Guelker) Strehlow. He graduated from Suring High School with the Class of 1958. Curtis played fullback on the Suring High School football team. On Oct. 28, 1961, he married Audrey Schneider at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gillett. In his early years, he worked as a pin setter at the Suring Bowling Alley, hauled milk for various cheese factories, and also worked for Muehl Ehlinger Lumber Company. Curtis worked for and retired from the Oconto County Highway Department.

As a longtime member of the Suring United Methodist Church, he served in various church offices and as the Sexton of the church cemetery.

He served on the board of the Suring Farmer’s Mercantile Co. and as a Town of How Supervisor. For many years, he was treasurer for the Union of the Oconto County Highway Department Employees, and he was instrumental, along with other union officials, in bringing the NEW Credit Union to Suring.

Curtis and Audrey enjoyed traveling with family and friends throughout the U.S., with many notable trips in Wisconsin and Alaska. He was especially proud to make many trips to South Dakota to watch Chad play for the SDSU Jack Rabbits.

Curtis played in and managed many softball teams and enjoyed bowling. He loved hunting and fishing, visiting local hot spots, up north at the hunting shack and visiting numerous states, including Canada, Minnesota, Wyoming, Colorado, and most recently a hunting trip to Montana with his dear friend Dale Hischke.

He was happy to keep up the family traditions of family reunions, Memorial Day, deer hunting, and making sausage and maple syrup. Curtis was especially proud of “his” garden and generously shared his homemade wine on many occasions.

He will be greatly missed by the BP morning coffee club.

Curtis is survived by his wife of 57 years, Audrey; three children, Jill (Mark) Baldwin of Green Bay, Mark (Carrie) Strehlow of Suring, and Tim (Theresa Johnson) Strehlow of Suring; four grandchildren, Adam (Jesse) Baldwin, Alicia Baldwin, Abby (Cory) Kibar, and Chad (Danica) Strehlow; a brother, Pete (Clara) Strehlow; two sisters, Fern Cramer and Faye (Tom) Stache; a brother-in-law, Norman Saffron. He is further survived by Audrey’s family members, Arnie (Delores) Schneider, Marv (Ruby) Schneider, Oz (Donna) Schneider, Adele Hansen, and Betty (Lenny Goodrich) Schneider. Curtis is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lew (Virginia) Strehlow, Bub (Melanie) Strehlow, and Park (Helen) Strehlow; three sisters, Buelah Lazansky, “Poots” Saffron, and Kaye (Tom) Dhein; four brothers-in-law, Chum Yakel, John Cramer, Will Hansen, and Roger Schneider; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Suring United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at noon with Pastor David Lyman officiating. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Gillett Area Ambulance and Theresa Johnson and the Emergency Room at Thedacare Hospital in Shawano. A special measure of gratitude to Gloria Pyatskowit, Dad’s guardian angel, for all the love, kindness and care she gave to dad.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Curtis’s memory.