Earl Sylvester Strupp, 87


Earl Sylvester Strupp, age 87, of Big Flats, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. Memorial services will be 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship. Pastor Sam Downey will officiate. Military honors will be presented by the Adams County Honor Guard. Visitation will be held Saturday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

He was born June 22, 1926, in the town of Addison to Joseph and Isabellia (nee Greiner) Strupp. He entered the military Aug. 25, 1945, and was stationed in England and Germany. He was honorably discharged Feb. 2, 1947. He married Ruth “Eileen” Zernia on April 1, 1949, in Milwaukee. They lived in Hartford and then Milwaukee.

Earl and Eileen moved their family to Kohlsville, town of Wayne, were they owned and operated a farm in 1966. Earl was president, owner and manager of the South Side Auto Body for more than 30 years and vice president of the Allenton Auto Body for one year until he retired in 1989. Earl and Eileen then moved to the town of Big Flats, Adams Co., where he managed Strupp’s Polled Hereford Farm before retiring.

In 1990 Earl became first supervisor of the town of Big Flats for four years. On Nov. 15, 1994, Earl took on the position of chairman of the town of Big Flats and until he retired. He was a captain of the Big Flats Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 200, The Moose Lodge of West Bend and the Salvation Army. He is a past president of the Allenton Snow Pacers Snowmobile Club, The Washington County Snowmobile Association and the Black Jacket Company Riders Motorcycle Club of Milwaukee. He initiated the use of ATV trails in the town of Big Flats. He had raced motorcycles for few years on tracks in Wisconsin and in other states winning many trophies. He was also a past member of the Kohlsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Earl enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild. He loved to fishing, hunting, and farming. He enjoyed making a garden every year and was very proud that he didn’t have one weed in his garden. He was quick with a story or joke that always made people laugh and he loved to sing. He was very creative and loved making things by hand from things he had around the yard. Earl enjoyed helping his neighbors and friends and did so whenever anyone was in need.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth “Eileen” Strupp; son, Douglas Strupp of Allenton/Big Flats; two daughters, Marlene Ziemer of Hartford and Deborah Strupp of the town of Big Flats; three grandchildren, Carey Hodson, Dana (Chris) Hofmeister and Chris Strupp; great-grandchildren Kayla, Abigail and Samuel Nagrocki, Heidi and Adler Hofmeister; great-great-granddaughter, Ella Lynn Olsen; sisters-in-law Audrey and Rita Strupp, Delores Fisher and Dorothy Zernia-Genet; brothers-in-law Fred and Wallace Zernia; and many nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.

Earl was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Joseph Strupp, on Jan. 31, 1996; brothers Werner, Harvey, Michael, Cornelius and Joseph Strupp; and sisters: Reinalda Thelen and Alice and Cordelia Gundrum.