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Robert Streyle, 1934-2017

Robert (Bob) William Streyle, 82, of Rochester, passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Mayo Clinic’s Methodist campus in Rochester.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. SW in Rochester. The Rev. Vern Christopherson will officiate. A private columbarium ceremony will precede the visitation at 9:30 a.m.

Robert Streyle

Robert Streyle

Bob was born in Menno, South Dakota, the eldest of eight children to Alvert and Lois on Sept. 11, 1934. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Reformed Church. He attended rural school and graduated from Garner High School in 1952. After serving in the United States Army, he married Helen Jean Baggs on Sept. 14, 1957.

He worked for several companies in a variety of capacities in Albert Lea and Rochester, including metal fabrication, insurance sales and retail. He also worked as a district sales representative for Clark Oil. A highlight in his career was his venture owning the Streyle Merchantree. Bob also served as a Stephen minister and president of Hosanna Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Rochester. His faith journey included active involvement with Zumbro Lutheran Church and community Bible study.

Spending time at his cabin in Stone Lake, Wisconsin, with family and friends brought him great joy.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Jean; children John (Christine Miller) and David (Julie); siblings Marie (Waldemar) Sundet, Dorothy (Orville) Simonsen, Verona (Larry) Butenhoff, Hildegard (Jeffrey) Radke, Elizabeth (Kent) Urness and Ronald (Betsy) Streyle; grandchildren Johanna, Laura, Maria, Michael and Morgan; and numerous, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Hunt; sisters-in-law Dorothy Albertson and Mary Greiman; brothers-in-law James Ginsberg and Clayton Greiman; nieces Randi Kay Griner and Patrice Radke; nephews Mark Simonsen and Aaron Ginsberg; and granddaughter, Lauren Streyle.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Center or Zumbro Lutheran Church Choir.