George Strahlem

Print Obituary
Ret. USAF Lt. Col. George W. Strahlem, 97, of Belleville, IL, born September 24, 1920, in Middle Point, OH, died, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mr. Strahlem was a United States Air Force veteran who served in World War II and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George B. and Lena Ruth, nee Downing, Strahlem; and one sister.

Surviving are his wife of 73 years, Anita B., nee Shepler, Strahlem, whom he married March 10, 1945, Fort Wayne,
his children, Greg K. Strahlem of Aromas, CA, Janice Lynn (Robert) Hartwig of Clarksville, TN, Denise Lynn Petri of Altamonte Springs, FL, and Jeff (fiancée’ Diane Krick) Strahlem of Belleville, Ill;
six grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Kathryn (Ozzie) Meindel of San Diego, CA.

Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or to the Belleville Community Band. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Graveside service with military honors at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


3 Comments on George Strahlem

Kamil "Timmy" Gamal ElDin said : Guest Report May 09, 2018 at 2:36 PM

My Sincere condolences for the passing of Grand dad Strahlem. I really enjoyed spending time with him and listening to his wonderful stories. America has lost a remarkable man. My deepest condolences to the whole family. Timmy

  • Chicago
  • Illinois(IL)
Sue Frillman said : Guest Report May 07, 2018 at 8:45 PM

My sympathy to the Strahlem family. George was a wonderful neighbor and will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bruce C Milnikel said : Guest Report May 07, 2018 at 8:29 PM

May the Good Lord Welcome Lt. Colonel Strahlem with his Loving Embrace, and Comfort the Family who he Loved Dearly . I Thank him for all he Gave to keep us Free from those who wished us Harm. He was a Part of the Greatest Generation. I Salute Him and Honor Him. Job well done sir you well never be Forgotten.God Bless ?✝️

  • Omaha
  • Nebraska

Add Public Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.