Walter W. Strahl

By on October 5, 2010

Walter W. Strahl, 93, of Elburn, passed away peacefully at Robin’s Nest, an assisted living center in Geneva, on Saturday, October 2, 2010.

He was born August 12, 1917, the son of Arthur and Lily (Blank) Strahl, in Chicago.

Walter grew up in Chicago and attended local schools. He graduated from Tilden High School.

Walter found the love of his life in his own neighborhood where he gave his heart to LaVerne Gutknecht. Stories have been told that Walter wouldn’t pay the dime to enter a dance hall unless LaVerne was there. It wasn’t long after that that Walter made sure he didn’t have to look for her again when they were united in marriage at St. Philippus in Chicago on August 17, 1940.

They began their new life on South Hoyne St. in Chicago and made over forty years of memories before moving to Elburn in 1989.

Walter’s first and last job was at Crane Company where he began on the factory floor but retired as the accountant in May of 1978.

He was member of both St. Andrews Lutheran Church and St. Philippus United Church of Christ.

Walter had a quiet strength and an observant mind. He “kept good files” at work with meticulous and tiny handwriting and kept a keen eye on the world by reading his daily paper and numerous books. Walter wasn’t a stranger to anybody, his crinkly blue eyes and sweet nature making friends in walk of life. He loved his Chicago Bears but loved his family more. He was a dedicated husband who had a never ending love for his wife of seventy years. As a father, no one could love his children more. His presence will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

He is survived by his wife LaVerne, a daughter-in-law, Barbara Strahl, several nieces, nephews and generations of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and only son Wayne.

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, on Thursday at 5 p.m. with an hour of visitation preceding. Rev. Mark Larson, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, will officiate with interment to follow on Friday, at 11 a.m., Evergreen Cemetery, Chicago.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Walter Strahl Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at