Herbert P. Strupp,
P. Strupp, 90, of West Bend, entered eternal life on Sunday, Dec. 30,
2012, at Froedtert Health St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend.
The eldest child of the late Nicholas Strupp and Kathryn Wolf Strupp,
Herb was born on May 10, 1922, in Allenton, where they lived on the
family farm and attended the local elementary school. He graduated from
West Bend High School in 1940. During World War II, Herb served his
country in the United States Army. He saw considerable action in the
Pacific Theater where he suffered severe wounds to both legs and
received the Purple Heart.
He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Evelyn A. Gerlach on June 6, 1947, at
Holy Angels Catholic Church, West Bend. They joyfully celebrated their
50th anniversary in 1997. The couple had two children, Donald and
Catherine. Evelyn predeceased Dec. 16, 2004.
For 40 years, he worked with Burkhardt/Steiner Electric as a master
electrician, retiring in 1985.
He was a loyal member of the Fred A. Schaefer Post No. 1393 VFW,
marching in all the West Bend parades since the war, Boy Scout Master
for 25 years, longtime bowling league member and a Red Cross volunteer.
Herb loved life and lived every day to the fullest. He enjoyed camping
with immediate and extended family in the 1960s, followed by years spent
at the cottage fishing, boating and relaxing. An avid reader and amateur
photographer for decades, Herb also enjoyed big band music, flower
gardening and spending time in the outdoors, a love and appreciation he
passed on to his children and grandchildren.
Family meant everything to Herb. He so dearly loved his wife, Evelyn,
children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, his numerous dogs, brother
and sisters, and nieces and nephews. A sincere, reflective and quiet
man, Herb will always be remembered for his gentle nature and
temperament, support and helpfulness to family and friends, and his
famous, contagious smile. Herb was so happy and proud to be part of the
Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2012, and to share this
experience with his son. Herb is survived by his children, Donald
(Penny) Strupp of Rhinelander and Catherine (John) Perronne of Hingham,
grandchildren Nicholas Strupp of Rhinelander, Kate Perronne of
Whitewater, Matthew (Tiffany) Farley of Pensacola, Fla., Robyn (Eugene)
Reinke of Rhinelander, and great-granddaughter Aliyah Stroik. He is also
survived by a sister, Eleanore Peters, sisters- in-law Leatrice Strupp,
and Rosemary Parchim, brother-in-law Ralph Rosbeck, and loving and
caring companion of five years Eleanor Holzmann. He is further survived
by many relatives, friends, and special nieces and nephews who “will
miss Uncle Herbie’s advice, positive attitude, and big smile.”
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by
a loving brother Edward, a sister Lucille Albinger, brothers and
sisters-in-law, and close cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 12:30
p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Brittain
presiding. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. The family will
greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church
only on Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Memorials can be made in Herb’s name to the Washington County Humane
Society, the Holy Angels School Trust Fund or the American Red
Cross-West Bend Chapter.
The family is sincerely grateful to Eleanor Holzmann, and nephews Kevin
Strupp and Joe Peters, for their special care and attention devoted to
Herb in his last years.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online
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