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
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
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.