Mark Strothkamp Obituary, Death – Mark Strothkamp of Indiana, has reportedly died untimely and unexpectedly leaving family and loved ones in agony and grief. Mark is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, “Toni,” Marie A (Graulich), his daughter Jean Marie (Kevin) Curry and his sons Dennis (Sheila), Douglas (Pam), Bill (Debbie), Brian (Karen), and Mark (Meg), in addition to 16 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and his siblings Ruth Strothkamp, Shirley (Bill) Wyatt, Carol (Don) Betz, and Bob (Fran) Stroth His beloved son Ricky, his parents Harry L. and Florence, his sisters Betty and Delores (Brommelsick), and his brothers Jerry and William all predeceased him. He was the last surviving member of his family.
He was the only member of his family to have lived to adulthood. Because he was the first child to be born to Harry L. and Florence, he held the position of being their oldest son (Hellman). Mark was a seasoned soldier who had served his country during the Korean war. He was fluent in Japanese slang and used it frequently whenever he spoke to anyone who would listen to him. In Creve Coeur, on the 12th of November in 1955, Mark married “Toni,” the woman who would go on to become the love of his life. In March of 1956, Mark and his brother Bob Strothkamp opened up a paint and decorating store in Manchester under the name Strothkamp Brothers.
Mark , who was in the middle of his 80s when he retired from the well-known family business, had worked there until he reached retirement age. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Cardinals, and he took great joy in both coaching and participating in a wide variety of athletic endeavors. Because he was a devout Catholic, he quickly became involved in the activities of the local parish of St. Bridget’s Kildare after moving his family to a farm in Pacific in the early 1960s. The farm was located in Pacific. The introduction of soccer to Pacific was largely due to the efforts of Mark and Toni, as well as their sons. In order for their sons to take part in “the game,” the parents sacrificed countless hours of their free time on the weekends to clean up and line the playing fields.