Wayne A. Strahl

By on November 20, 2008

            Wayne A. Strahl, 65, of Elburn, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, after a courageous battle with infection.

            He was born Dec. 14, 1942, in Chicago, the son of Walter W. and LaVerne A. (Gutknecht) Strahl.   Following graduation  from Kelly High School, Wayne began working part-time at Western Electric and was pursuing studies at I.I.T (Illinois Institute of Technology) when he was called to serve his country during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, he picked up where he left off at I.I.T. and returned to Western Electric, where he met Barbara Orlow.  

            On April 28, 1974, Wayne and Barbara were wed at St. Philippus in Chicago. They soon bought a home in Downers Grove, where they lived before moving to Elburn in 1978. Wayne designed the home for Barbara, but the backyard was designed around his short-wave tower and his Ham radio hobby.  Retiring from Lucent Technologies after some 35 years, his hobby got more attention, as did the vacation trips he and Barbara enjoyed. Although they traveled from Alaska to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Wayne’s “travels” by radio made friends across several continents, including Asia and South America. An untold number of friends will miss hearing from W9II.

            Wayne was a member of  the “Hamsters” Ham Radio Association and long-time fan of the White Sox and the Bears. A quiet man with firm convictions, Wayne also had a great sense of humor. It was a combination of those traits that helped him maintain a positive attitude through many health battles, especially in recent months. 

            In addition to his beloved wife, Barbara, Wayne is survived by his parents, Walter and LaVerne Strahl of Elburn; one sister-in-law, Joan (Thomas) Wisinski of Palos Park, Ill.; one niece, Debra (William) Grgantov; two nephews, Thomas (Venus) Wisinski and Mark Wisinski; three great-nephews, William and Brian Grgantov and Thomas Wisinski; and one great-niece, Emily Wisinski.

            Visitation and funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 West Pierce St., Elburn. Friends called from 2 to 8 p.m., with an evening funeral service beginning at 8 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Walter Thyng officiated, and services were webcast live at www.conleycare.com, as well as on-demand next-day video. Committal services followed Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 87th and Kedzie Ave., Chicago.

            A memorial has been established in Wayne’s name to benefit favorite charities. Memorial checks may be made to the Wayne Strahl Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information, call (630) 365-6414 or 800-8-CONLEY.