Dennis Stroot

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Dennis H. Stroot, 89, of Belleville, IL, born April 21, 1928, in Trenton, IL, died Thursday, September 28, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Dennis went to school in St. Louis, graduating from Beaumont High School, where he was a member of the Men of Beaumont Alumni.  He joined the army after graduation and served his country in radio communications.  Mr. Stroot got his HAM and FCC radio license, loving to talk to people all over the world.  He continued working as a radio technician instructor through civil service at Fort Gordon, GA, as well as Scott Air Force Base, IL.  He worked as a calibrations technician for the Nike Missile Sites at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, and the St. Louis area. Later, Mr. Stroot went to work for the FAA out of Lambert International Airport, St, Louis, MO, as a radar technician.  Dennis was a longtime member of both St. Luke and St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL and was most recently a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL.  He was a member of the Cessna Pilot Association, the Scott Air Force Base Aero Club, the Flying Dutchman, and the Knights of Columbus.  Dennis was a commercial/instrument licensed pilot.  He loved to fly his airplane and work on cars.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Mary Elise, nee Minor, Stroot, whom he married June 1, 1949 in Augusta, GA; a son, Michael Stroot; his parents, Theodore and Elizabeth, nee Boeving, Eversgerd; his adopted parents who raised him, Tony and Tillie, nee Schlich, Stroot; four brothers, Robert Eversgerd, Emil “Red” Eversgerd, and Walter (Sally) Eversgerd, and Harold Stroot; a sister, Bernice (Frank) Korte; and his mother and father-in-law, Henry and Lula Mae, nee Miner, Minor.

Surviving are his children, Dave (Mary) Stroot of Belleville, IL, Cheryl (Tim) Green of Edwardsville, IL, Russ (Michele) Stroot of Shiloh, IL, and Dan (Donna) Stroot of St. Peters, MO;
14 grandchildren, Janet (Mike) Strohm,William (Megan) Stroot, Cindy (Charles) Tolbert,Steven (Lindsey) Stroot, Nathan (Cassie) Stroot, Abram (Erin) Stroot, Jacob (Ashleigh) Stroot, Joel (Andrea) Stroot, Emily (Ryan) Anthony, Chris Stroot, Jennifer Stroot, Greg Stroot, Chelsey Stroot, and Jeremy Stroot;
30 great-grandchildren and two more on the way;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, to the Alzheimer’s Association, to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, or to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

 Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL, with Msgr. James Margason officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


7 Comments on Dennis Stroot

Kathi Saeger Mansfield said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2017 at 11:40 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I have many fond memories of him throughout my childhood, special memory when Cheryl and I visited him in Oklahoma back in late 70's while he was on a business trip. He is with your mom and he is healthy and love to the family

  • Atlanta
  • GA
Greg Voss said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2017 at 9:34 PM

Chris, Jen and Stroot family, I am sorry for your great loss of your sweet grandfather. Know that you took loving care of him and added great warmth to his life. Dennis lighted all of our lives at St. Paul's with his bright, gracious smile. I was able to talk to and to hear Mr. Stroot in his room; unfortunately, the dining room here is too noisy for meaningful conversation. I was very interested to learn that Dennis Stroot had been born in 1928 and had attended St. Luke School.; My mother was born in that same year and attended St. Luke's, so it seems likely they were classmates. I have inquired about that possibility, but apparently the records are not fully accessible at the moment. My father, Virgil Voss also attended St. Luke but was three years older than Mom. Mom and Dad were married at St. Luke when Dad returned from the War in the Pacific, and my brother, sister and I were were baptized there before we moved to St. Teresa for my first-grade year in 1956. Now you can pray to your grandfather; he will always be with you and watch over his family. Greg Voss

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Evelyn said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2017 at 2:20 PM

To all of Pop Stroot's Children: Pop touched my life and his son Mikes in a very special and unique way!! In the very early years Pop served as a very special Dad to me and we enjoyed lots of conversations and he was a great mentor, counselor, and Christian witness to me in many situations!! Pop you will always have a special "Fatherly" place in my heart ! God often allows each of us to fulfill different roles here on earth and I am forever grateful for the Father role and the patience you have shown to me and to Mike!! I know you are smiling and shining down your love on each of us now, and peace will continue to radiate in us all as we reflect on "the good times w/ Pop"!! Let us all share and spread God's love ❤️! 'Till we meet again - ya Pop!

  • Ste Genevieve
  • MO
Carolyn & Ralph Wottowa said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Please accept our sympathy. Dennis' son, Dave, was principal at St. Clare School when our children attended. When Dennis was at St. Paul's Home, he was just a few doors down from my Mom. I often saw him at lunch time. I good usually get him to smile when I said his son was the principal where our children attended. It was hard to see him change. May his special memories give you comfort.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. The NARFE Service Center is located in the Civilian Personnel Office, building 50, 201 W Winter St, Scott AFB. You may visit the Service Center on Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM or call 618-256-9350. You may leave a voice mail message at other times and we will return your call the following Tuesday. You may also call our Service Officer, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174. If unable to reach Jim, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Frank Almeter said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2017 at 11:28 PM

Dennis where ever you are keep those lights burning. You are the only one who could keep the runway lights burning at the Dutchman airport. Thu I would never land there at night because of the power lines that would snag my wheels. So keep going keep the lights on BROUTHER KNIGHT. I WILL MISS YOI TILL WE MEET AGHIN. God plees Frank

  • Lebanpn
  • Ill
Marilyn and Andy said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2017 at 7:41 PM

Uncle Dennis was such a terrific guy. He has a very special place in our heart. He certainly embodied living as Jesus with all the turns in his life. He showed us faith in God.

  • Shelbyville
  • IL

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