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Douglas Strobel

November 1, 1941 — December 7, 2020

Douglas Strobel

Douglas E. Strobel

Age 79 of Wilmington, passed away Monday morning, December 7, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Born November 1, 1941 in Joliet, Illinois, Douglas Edward was a son of Edward “Barney” and Maxine McGill-Strobel. He was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1959. On November 12, 1960, Doug married Frances Klegman in Coal City, and together they made their home and raised their family in Wilmington. Doug gained employment with Commonwealth Edison at the Dresden Station, where he worked for 35 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Wilmington, a former member of the HAM Radio Club, and served as a volunteer fireman in Wilmington. Throughout the years, in addition to enjoying his HAM radio, Doug took pleasure in fishing, watching wildlife, especially the birds, boating, and being on the water. He was a master griller; was proud to have built his own home, and was one who could build or fix anything. He will most be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who spent many of his last years as a caregiver for his parents and dear wife.

Survivors include his three children: Reverend Scott (Reneé) Strobel of Lockport, NY, Sandra (Ron) Van Epps of Northfield, IL, and Amy (Patrick) Burke of Macomb, IL; eleven grandchildren: Douglas (Holly) Strobel, Michael (Ashalea) Strobel, Timothy (fiancé Hope) Strobel, Wesley (Anja) Strobel, Jacob Strobel, Annika Strobel, Kaitlyn Strobel, Krista (fiancé Alex Bloom) Van Epps, Zachary Van Epps, Joseph Burke, and Edward Burke; three great-grandchildren: Clayton, Kira, and Nathanael; one sister, Sheri Friddle of Wilmington; four sisters-in-law: Patricia (Ron) Fox, Kimberly (Dave) Brown, Debbie Klegman and Ilene Klegman, and one brother-in-law, James Klegman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents; wife Fran on November 12, 2020; his aunt, Hazel Baughn; three brothers-in-law: Donald (Carol) Klegman, Thomas Klegman, and William “Jersey” Klegman, and two sisters-in-law: Cathy Broderick and Margaret “Peggy” Ragain.

Per Doug’s wishes cremation rites were accorded.

The family will receive friends for a graveside service for both Doug and Fran on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 36000 Cemetery Road in Braidwood. Doug and Fran's son, Rev. Scott Strobel will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Doug’s memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, Our Caring Closet, or to the Wilmington Fire Department.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Doug's memorial page by logging onto:

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Douglas Strobel, please visit our flower store.


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