Charles Strube

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Charles A. Strube, 86, of Marissa, IL, born April 2, 1931, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Randolph County Care Center, Sparta, IL.

Mr. Strube worked as a teamster truck driver for Teamsters Local #600 and later worked for himself as a farmer and he also refurbished antique tractors.  He was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church, New Athens, IL, and belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and belonged to the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Charles was also a member of the International Harvester Club and the J I Case Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles L. and Catherine A., nee Fellner, Strube; four brothers, Marcel (Doris) Strube, Carl (Juanita) Strube, Leo Strube and William Strube; and two sisters, Marie (Joe) Huschle and Mathilda (Art) Dipple.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Lillian E., nee Poettker, Strube, whom he married on July 2, 1956;
six children, Catherine Ann Strube of Belleville, IL, Cynthia Marie (Michael) Neff of Belleville, IL, Annette Elizabeth (William) Craven of San Antonio, TX, Charles A. Jr. (Marilyn) Strube of Ridgefield, WA, Mary Louise (William) McCormick of Avon, IN, and Marita Rose Strube of Belleville, IL;
four grandchildren, Aaron Neff, Ryan Neff, Tonya Strube and Charles “Andy” Strube; seven sisters-in-law, Jane Strube, Rita Poettker, Martha Kleffner, Lucille Krebs, Jane Kampwerth, Mary Ann Poettker, and Barbara Ann Poettker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, 206 South Richland Street, Freeburg, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 205 South Market Street, New Athens, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at St. Agatha Catholic Church, New Athens, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery, New Athens, IL.


2 Comments on Charles Strube

Angela Joan Kempfer said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2018 at 12:28 PM

Charlie and Marilyn, Please accept my sympathy in the passing of Mr. Strube. May God give you peace during sorrow. Angie

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Amanda Reiss said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Lil, I can't even tell you how sorry we are for your loss. I spent most of last night re-telling memories of Charlie at tractor pulls to Justin and my girls. He will always be remembered as a kind, gentle soul, with a grin on his face and chuckle at the ready. Sending warm GA love and hugs, Amanda (Baker's daughter)

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