March 8, 2023
Peter Strohbehn, 83, of Gillespie, Ill., died at his residence on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, after a short battle with cancer. He was born July 12, 1939, in Davenport, Iowa, to Emil and Cora (Cook) Strohbehn. He married Betty A. Bruhn in 1969 at St. Michael's Church in Staunton. They spent 53 years together.
Peter graduated from Rock Island High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965. Peter and Betty resided in Staunton until 2002 when they moved to Gillespie. He was employed by Monterey Coal Company, and later at Exxon as a mine examiner. Upon retirement he spent his free time piddling in his garage restoring antique trucks, woodworking and manicuring his lawn. During the winter months he and Betty would spend time in Fort Myers, Fla. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Peter was a member of the UMWA Local 1613.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Strohbehn of Gillespie; daughter, Lori Fields of Benld; son, Rick Strohbehn of Gillespie; granddaughters, Alina (Erik) Radake of Gillespie, Beth Fields of Gillespie; great-granddaughter, Emilia Radake of Gillespie; brother, Lee (Kathy) Strohbehn of Rock Island; sister, Sally (Steve) Kulig of Rock Island; and several nieces and nephews. Peter was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Emil Strohbehn; and sister-in-law, Saundra Strohbehn.
Graveside services were held on Monday, March 6, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.
Memorials are suggested to Got Your Six Support, Wounded Warriors, or Siteman Cancer Center. Condolences may be left online at http://www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie was in charge of arrangements.