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Richard “Rich” Striedl, age 68, of Kaneville, lost his bravely fought battle with cancer, surrounded by the
love and prayers of his family, at home, Saturday, March 12, 2016. He is now free to claim the promise of
his savior and is reunited with his wife Mary Beth at last.
He was born July 29, 1947, in Aurora, IL, the son of Max and Marie (Weitl) Striedl.
Rich grew up in Batavia and graduated from Batavia High School with the class of 1965.
Shortly after graduation, Rich enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country from
1966-1968. He was stationed in at various places stateside as well as Okinawa, Japan.
Upon his honorable discharge, Rich came home to Batavia and worked for Dee Ryanâ€™s Body Shop on the
weekends, while Geneva Bottling was his weekly destination 1968-1988, where he worked in the
warehouse. In 1988, Rich found himself behind the wheel as a helper/driver for Euclid Beverage
Company until his retirement in June of 2009.
Rich met the love of his life, Mary Beth Porter, at the Colonial Ice Cream in Batavia. Soon after meeting,
they were united in marriage on April 8, 1972. They made their home in Batavia for a time until 1978
when they moved to Kaneville. They were blessed with two children, Doug in 1977 and Heide in 1979.
Richard continued to make it his home after the passing of Mary Beth in 1999.
Rich was a proud and faithful member of “The Veranda”, a weekly meeting to discuss the “most
important issues” facing the world today over several drinks. Opinions were many but so were the great
memories made as Rich and his friends, neighbors, and “the boys” from Euclid gathered on the back
deck. This was an essential support group for Rich after he retired and more proof that family is more
than just blood relation.
Richardâ€™s greatest passion was fishing, despite the lack of fish caught, as his son-in-law Mark held the
position of First Mate. His viewpoints were straightforward and given without hesitation. His handyman
skills were unique, but his most effective tool was his friendship, often connecting many different people
from many different walks of life. Rich regularly met his brothers for breakfast at local restaurants, keep
strong the ties that bind. Rich also enjoyed his grandchildren and made special time for each. Whether it
was family trips to Michigan or “Movie Night” at home, Rich was never happier than when he was
surrounded by family and friends.
He is survived by his two children: Doug Striedl and Heide (Mark) Greiff; four grandchildren: Kaelyn
Striedl, Audra Pooler, Kierston Greiff and Paxton Greiff; Three brothers: Max (Mary Ann) Striedl,
George (Shirley) Striedl and Frank (Chris) Striedl, Aunt Frieda Nystedt; many nieces, nephews and a
countryside full of friends.
He is preceded by his parents, Max and Marie Striedl, a step-father Bill Johnson, his wife Mary Beth and
endless friends and family who are gathered together to welcome Rich to his Heavenly home.
Visitation will be at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119, Thursday, March 17,
2016, from 3-8 p.m., with a wake service to begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be a visitation at the funeral
home Friday morning, March 18, from 9:30-10 a.m., followed by a brief prayer service. Mass will begin
at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church with interment to follow at Kaneville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Richâ€™s name to benefit neurological research.
Checks may be made to the “Richard Striedl Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn,
60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page or read his full life story at www.conleycare.com.
There will be a visitation at the funeral home Friday morning, March 18, from 9:30-10 a.m., followed by a brief prayer service. Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church.
Visitation will be at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119, Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 3-8 p.m., with a wake service to begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be a visitation at the funeral home Friday morning, March 18, from 9:30-10 a.m., followed by a brief prayer service.
Interment to follow at Kaneville Cemetery.