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Wayne Melvin Strehler
June 20, 1949 – January 9, 2020

Wayne M. Strehler, age 70 of Rockford, passed away on January 9, 2020 after fighting a 15 year battle with cancer.

Wayne was born on June 20, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the youngest son of Elmer and Edna Strehler. He was baptized on July 17, 1949 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenfield by Pastor Haar and was confirmed in the Christian faith at Salem on April 7, 1963. Wayne graduated from Rockford High School in 1967 and went on to Dr. Martin Luther College where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education.

On May 4, 1974 Wayne and Bonnie were united in marriage. God blessed their marriage with a beautiful life together and two sons, Seth and Matthew.

Wayne engaged in dairy farming in Hamel for 15 years. He later worked in sales and then to Boston Scientific where he finished his career. Wayne enjoyed gardening, chess, antiquing, baking and visiting with family and friends.

Wayne is survived by his loving and caring wife of 45 years, Bonnie; sons, Seth (Jennifer) and Matthew (Dawn); his fond grandchildren, Cody and Kaci; brothers, Donald (Karen) and Wilferd (Diann); many nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Edna Strehler; and niece, Clarice Schleif.

Reviewal Monday, January 13, 2020 from 4 to 8PM, with a prayer service at 7:30PM at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenfield. Funeral service Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11AM, with reviewal one hour prior, at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church 9655 Pioneer Trail, Greenfield.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tom Hagerty

    Sorry to hear of Waynes passing. I can t attend the services. I don t go out much. I m on oxygen and don’t want to catch a cold. Tom Hagerty

  2. Mary Peters

    Bonnie and family,
    My condolences in the loss of your husband. I’ve walked in your shoes so know the feeling. God gives you strength. We were the couple that lived in the little house in 1960, Wayne was a youngster at that time. May wonderful memories sustain you.

  3. Cathy and Harold Schmidt

    Bonnie, Seth, Matt and family,
    I have no doubt that Wayne is watching over you and his family. His angel is around you every minute of the day. I’m sure you feel him. He hears your prayers and will always be in your heart forever.

  4. Brian Robeck

    As we journey in life, we all hope to find those individuals that enrich our lives and give us support and council. Wayne was that friend. In the 38 years I have known Wayne and Bonnie and all the struggles and changes in our lives that relationship never changed. I will miss Wayne and hold dear his memory.

  5. Dan Torfin

    Bonnie & Family,
    Sorry to hear of Waynes’s passing. I offer my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Life-mate, Father, Grandfather, and Brother. I graduated with Wayne and recently caught up with him at the 2019 all school reunion. We were able to catch up briefly and I found him to be the same thoughtful, kind, and considerate gentleman I knew in high school. Congratulations to Wayne for a life well lived and for demonstrating admirable strength and dignity with his health challenges. May your memories of the good times sustain you as you continue the journey without his physical presence. God bless.


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